I'm working on building a table, and I'm trying to find some lumber to use for the legs. I've found some 3" x 3" x 3' lumber nearby, which is more or less exactly what I need, however it's relatively expensive.
By that I mean, it's about twice as expensive (per board foot) compared to buying several 1" x 3" boards.
My question is, is there some method of joining three 1" x 3" boards together (I am aware that this will give me a 2.25" x 2.5" result, instead of the 2.5" x 2.5" or a nominally 3" x 3" piece of lumber, but this is acceptable) such that they will be sufficiently strong for the legs of a table (assuming I am going to taper them)?
Or, should I just go ahead and buy the more expensive solid pieces of wood?