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    side table WIP

    Hi guys,

    Made some progress on the tables. Here are the pics.

    I rabbeted the Mahogany and Maple boards and then ripped 72 3/4"x 3/4" strips to form the eight table legs. On the router table I cut the corner piece of the legs to match the rabbet in the adjoining pieces. The third pick shows the granite table top.

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    I glued three strips in succession, being careful to glue the right piece. This first glue-up yielded 24 "boards".

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    Each board has to be sanded flat on both faces. During glue-up many of the strips shifted. The pic below shows what remains to be sanded flat.

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    These pics show what I accomplished today. Three legs an one board. They are ready for glue-up but I will finish sanding all the boards before that task.

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    This is a close-up of the top of the legs before gluing. The cavity will be the table top support. I hope minor chisel work will be needed after it's glued so it will be flat and square.

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ID:	22162 I did the legs this way because I couldn't figure a way to cut that 2" deep square chunk out of the leg. Rich gave me the idea, and technique to form a 2" X 2" leg when wood is not available. Since it involved gluing (and mess-up on my part), and I was going to inlay, this is the solution I concluded.

    What do you think?
    Thanks for looking.
    Elizabeth
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    Re: side table WIP

    Elizabeth,
    I can't wait to see further progress. Those legs are going to look spectacular.
    Rich
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    Re: side table WIP

    That's a lot of work right there. Looking good so far.
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    Re: side table WIP

    wow! Lots of work there. Those legs look great.
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    You are awesome!
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    Re: side table WIP

    Thanks guys. I was able to glue three of the legs yesterday and sanded three more "boards". I'm getting them reasonably flat so they joint with each other but the "minor" chisel work is going to be major. During clamping and setting everything moved. Will try to post more picks tomorrow.
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    Re: side table WIP

    The work of today. A glorious day in South Carolina. Fall is coming and was able to work with the windows and door open. It got down to 46* this A.M. No shorts today!

    Six legs glued and one in clamps.

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    Three remaining boards to sand flat on drum sander. Since all the boards twisted and went off square during glue-up I have to shim each one before I sand. I'm having to take about 3/32 per board to get it flat. First tried flattening with a scraper, then a plane, then the jointer (huge mistake!) and now I'm doing it with the drum sander.

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    When the last leg is in glue-up I'll have to figure out how to make the actual legs flat, square and similar. I'll need to approach each differently as they glued only reasonably flat, no-where near square, and each one is unique. Oh boy!

    I think on this I need to square the legs first and then do the chisel work for the rabbet last. I'm dreading that part because the rabbet has to be flat and square to house the table top... If it isn't, the faces of the box won't joint flush with the faces of the rabbet... May try routing if the bit will reach...

    Any suggestions? Thanks for looking.
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    Re: side table WIP

    Quick update, no photo's yet.

    I messed up my pattern without thinking but that's too late to fix. Didn't know how hard it is to make a perfect 2" x 2"!!!!!!!! Kept getting confused where I had ripped and how much. Then, since the glue-up was not as good as I needed, I had to clean the rabbet on the router, with a 2" cutter head, and then finish the insides with a chisel.

    On one of the cleaning cuts, I positioned the wrong side and cut into the outside face instead of the inside. Since I can't fix it, and the faces of the rabbet are now only 3/8" prior to sanding, I will forgo tapering the legs and instead, make the boo-boo a design factor. I will repeat it on all the legs!

    Today I steeled an hour between laundry and sanded the legs to 120. I'll sand again tomorrow to 180, and then shape the legs on the router to incorporate my "Senior Moment". It's a busy week but hope to have pics on the weekend.

    Sorry for the wordiness. It's been a ride!
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    Re: side table WIP

    Took a few hours off this afternoon and "fixed" the problem. Here are the pics.

    I cut these two legs wrong when I was cleaning up the rabbet on the router. One leg has a 1/6" fingernail on the inside, the other on the outside. After sanding to 180 those faces are only 11/32.

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    My solution:

    Will fill the inside groove with wood flour. When the top is assembled it will hardly be noticeable.
    I cut identical grooves of all eight legs.

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ID:	22184 Now all the legs are the same. The only rabbet face affected by a thinner thickness is the one with the inside groove. I'll be very careful with further sanding in that one spot.

    I held my breath when I lay a piece of ply on the legs. It didn't come crashing down!

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    What do you think? Thanks for looking.
    Elizabeth
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    Re: side table WIP

    She's got legs, she knows how to use them.
    She never begs, she knows how to choose them.
    She's holdin' leg wonderin' how to feel them.
    Would you get behind them if you could only find them?....ZZ Top


    Looks great, Elizabeth.
    Cody

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