Step 5: Begin assembly using easy pocket hole joinery techniques
Mortise and Tenon joinery is a really cool woodworking technique that takes time, patience and, realistically, a drill press to create accurately placed mortises - Three things I didn't have when building this project!
The ease and simplicity of pocket hole joinery is illustrated in this series of pictures. The 1" x 1 1/2" rails were each drilled with two pocket holes at the ends of the rail. Determine the location of the joint and clamp wood spacers to the legs for precise positioning of the rails. Next, a Kreg pocket hole clamp secures the rail to the leg through one of the pocket holes. Once a screw is installed in the adjacent pocket hole the clamp can be removed so the second screw can complete the joint.
If you haven't got a drill press forget the mortise and tenon and give pocket hole joinery a try. You will be amazed how easy it is as well as the strength of the joint.