If a coherent philosophy exists in my woodworking, it’s this: “Why build when you can overbuild?”. Or, perhaps, it’s “Could we? (not should we)?”. Either way, it’s resulted in the most hilariously stout bathroom vanity of all time.
The entire thing is quartersawn white oak. The leg frames are entirely 8/4″ stock (final thickness of about 1 15/16″) and the top is 6/4″ stock (final thickness of just over 1 1/4″). Everything is stub tenoned and drawbored with 3/8″ birch dowels and Titebond 1. The long rails are even double drawbored front and back.
I chose to drawbore the mortise and tenon joints for two reasons. First, there are no lengthwise lower stretchers, so it needed the extra rigidity. Any lower shelf I make will just sit on top of the short rails of the leg frames. But, more importantly, I don’t own any 60″ clamps so clamping this thing together would have been awkward and unreliable.
Drawboring also makes assembly less stressful. You can move the constituent pieces individually and then assemble in situ at a leisurely pace. Sure: the assembled frame probably would have made it through the door from the hallway anyway. But who knows (and why risk it)?
The net result is a piece of furniture with a frame that will never come apart. Even if I want it to.
How the tabletop connects to the frame is a different story altogether, though. More on that later.