Paul, one way might be to build the rails in a square and notch the legs to fit the corners then screw and glue from the inside of the rails diagonally into the leg.I like the looks of the legs on this table. I was wondering about how they could be attached. I don't have a mortiser, something simple but sturdy would be nice. Any ideas?
Paul, I like the middle drawing the best. Also like the metal plates Vince showed. Pocket screws might work too.A drawing that shows some ideas. The way Pat described is probably the 'real' way but with a mortise. Kinda tough for me to attempt but the joint would be hidden (bonus)!
If I did put in the corner blocks like in the middle drawing, I could put in some pocket screws and I'd have some gluing surface. I don't think pocket screws would be good without the blocks because of the way the rails meet the legs at a 45.Paul, I like the middle drawing the best. Also like the metal plates Vince showed. Pocket screws might work too.
I think once you settle on a method and start working on it, you might be surprised hat how it will not be that difficult.
I agree with Chuck that mortises not only being hard to do would not be strong enough.