When designing any small circular or square table made with square legs should notch the legs to accept a square bottom shelf or notch the bottom shelf to fit around the legs? Which is the typical practice?
(Furniture Making Forum)
From Contributor H:
Historically there is no right answer. I have seen historical pieces done both ways. In my pieces I typically nip the corners of the shelf and have a matching notch cut across the corner of the leg. Cutting these simple notches is much easier than a square cut notch in each shelf corner. A dowel can be easily added to the corner joint if needed.