Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #19: Getting Back on That Sawhorse... (or Table Legs Redux)

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 08-18-2010 04:52 PM 4508 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: A Little Progress... Part 19 of Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set series Part 20: Joinery Shortcuts »

It’s been months since I’ve been able to do any woodworking. I guess being busy in this economy is a good thing. I finally got a couple of days in the shop to address in-progress projects. The biggest was my mental block on the 4-sided quartersawn legs for the dining table. In a previous entry, I discussed how I botched the lock miter joint. It took me a while to get up the nerve to get back to work on them because if I biffed it again, they’d be too thin and I’d wasted $100 worth of wood.

A while ago, I chopped them back apart, then removing as little wood as possible, I table sawed them at 45°, jointed an edge to get a straight shot at the table saw fence, cleaned them up with a large chamfer bit on the router table, then cut spline slots into the miters on the table saw. Using some hardboard I had left over from the Rodel chair template, I fit the splines. It was tough getting them glued up, but the end result is almost perfect.

After the glue dried, I sanded the clamp marks and glue off, and ran the edges through the router table to ease the edges. The bonus is that the seams almost completely disappeared. With my new favorite dark antique finish, they should be completely invisible. I trimmed them to length, and will chamfer the bottoms.

While the legs were curing (2.5 hours each, remind me to buy more clamps), I made the spindles. I’m going for a modified Taliesin Desk by Rodel. This sort of reconciles my conflict with Schroeder’s design. Once again drawn up in AutoCAD, here’s where I’m heading:

I did a lot of layout to make sure the chairs fit comfortably underneath the sides and ends, because of the overhangs and the trestle design. Next is picking up some more wood for the aprons and the laminated stretchers. It felt really good to be covered in sawdust again.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 08:44 PM

good to see you back in the shop again :-)
I like the way you have made the legs


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#2 posted 08-18-2010 08:54 PM

I like that end design. What’s your “new favorite dark antique finish”?

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#3 posted 08-19-2010 12:14 AM

looking good though…i had my share of goofs lately

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 02:34 AM

Thanks guys. JimNEB, if you follow the “Part 19 of Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set series” link at the top of the blog and scroll down to the Part 9: My New Stickley Finish, it showcases the finish I used on my Pagoda Frame. I also have a Design Forum thread about my Stickley finish, where I’ve compiled a bunch of info. Hope that helps.

I’ve made my fair share of goofs woodworking (including cutting a finger off). Don’t let it deter you, just make sure you learn enough from the mistakes to make the cost worthwhile. The finger reattachment was six figures, so I learned a lot!

I recently read someone else had trouble with the lock miter bit. I may stick with the splined joint for anything longer than a drawer front (assuming I don’t do dovetails…where is my Leigh jig anyway).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 04:22 AM

glad to see you getting some shop time…looking like you are figuring it out…

today was day one…its all down from here to next summer…lol…no prog on boat…exhausted from school already…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-23-2010 09:51 PM

my leigh jig is a darling i just love it..although that akeda jig looks tempting

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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