Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785)
With no mortise hinge joint, there is nothing keeping the legs from moving left or right if the glue failed. So I am going to have to pin the legs to the shelf by drilling a hole through the front of the leg and putting a screw in to hold it firm.
I dry fit the piece together and at least got a real time look at the overall piece. Originally I was going to give the piece a totally Asian look, but now that my hand has been forced in regard to attaching the legs, I am going to fall back on my favorite Arts & Crafts furniture design, Greene & Greene. Instead of hiding the screw holes with cherry plugs, I am going to make square chamfered purple heart plugs that stand proud.
So what would Greene & Greene do? How should I know? I do know that the Hall Brothers who made the Greene & Greene furniture would not have made the same stupid mistake I did in the first place. My objective; go to my library and try and channel the Greene brothers, yet have the FbY touches too. Perhaps I will use a Ginkgo leaf motif for the marquetry. Now where did I put that Wigi Board?
*Nobody responded to my question about what type of joint I had created, so I have dubbed the joint “The Mortise Hinge Joint” until somebody can give me the correct name. The joint looks like you cut a mortise for a hinge which fits into a dado, so that is where I got the idea for the name.