After the base was complete, I placed it over the under side of the top. To secure it to the top, I cut scrap pieces of oak, which is a little stronger, cut them at 45 degree angles and placed them flush against the apron.
I attached it with screws to the table top.
Next, I pre-drilled holes into the end of the brace into the apron, where the arrow is pointing. Then drilled screws into the holes on both ends. Makes sure your screws are short enough to not go through to the other side of the apron, but long enough to go through the brace and into the apron. I think the screws I used were 1 1/2 inches. To also add stability, I drilled holes and inserted screws from the legs, at an angle into the table top, shown with the bottom arrow in the photo below.
Repeat for each side and that’s it. I painted the legs and apron white, which worked out great because if you have any gaps between the table and apron, you can fill them in with caulk. It covers a multitude of sins. 🙂
Flip it over carefully and you are done. I know there is probably a better way to do this but this is what worked for me, some of it I learned from my dad with another table that he built. He had the right wood joinery tools to do this, I don’t, so this is the process that I use.
I hope this is helpful to all those asking me how I did it. It really isn’t hard, just a little time consuming and really the only tools you need are a miter saw and cordless drill.
Have a Happy Monday!