Little Staked Table #1: Introduction, Legs, and Battens

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 10-04-2021 02:25 PM 924 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My sweetie told me that we need a new table for the portale (it’s like a patio, but in New Mexico), because we didn’t have enough for everyone to have a place to set their drink if we have neighbors over for cocktails. Since I like cocktails, I got cracking.

First up was turning some legs. I ripped four boards off a 19” long piece of 5/4 ash, and fired up the lathe.

Next I cut some pine 1×3s down to 15½” long. I’ve got lots of spare pine from making the bookcases, and gluing two 1×8s together will make a nice small table.

Wanting the legs to splay a little, but not too much, I went to the internet for math help. I figured a couple inches over a 16” leg height was about a 1:8 slope. Which turns out to be about 7degrees.

I put together a super-fancy jig so I could drill the holes, abandoning all the math, and just figuring that a couple inches of splay could be emulated by a chunk of tubafor.

Drill holes to match the tenons on the end of the legs (three holes at ⅝”, and one at ½”), then turn the legs down to match the holes using my hollow auger.

Cut a kerf in the top of each tenon, and make a wedge to match, using a knife.

Then apply glue, put the pieces together, apply glue to the wedge, and drive those home using my cool dice mallet.

Saw the wedge off flush, and call it done. Next up, the table-top.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 10-04-2021 03:52 PM

nice start dave.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 10-04-2021 04:14 PM

So far, so good. Nifty hollow auger, looks to be an antique. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 10-04-2021 04:18 PM

Looks good Dave. Like how you made the jig for the drill press to get four equal splays.

-- James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 10-04-2021 04:40 PM

i will follow you on this :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 10-04-2021 05:31 PM

Thanks, Pottz.

Yeah, Tom. It’s an A. A. Wood & Sons. The bottom looks like this and as you can see, it’s got a scale which is accurate. I can dial it in pretty quickly to get exactly the tenon i need.

James, no drill press involved. Just a hand drill with a Forster bit, as I was drilling into pine (my auger bits have hardwood screws, and don’t work great in pine). But I still jig things so I’m drilling straight down.

Hope you enjoy it, Tony!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 10-04-2021 08:24 PM

The legs almost look like shop bought, great job Dave.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 10-04-2021 08:33 PM

Thanks, Peter! They’re all slightly different, but I had the first one sitting near the lathe as a guide for each of the next three.

I imagine if I turned a few hundred more, they’d all be closer. We’ll see if neighbors start asking me to make them tables, I guess. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 10-04-2021 10:25 PM

A hollow auger? So tell me more please, ... or send pictures!

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 10-04-2021 11:17 PM

Rob, there’s a picture linked above of a picture of the bottom of it. It’s a nice little machine for cutting round tenons.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 10-05-2021 01:08 AM

Very cool project! You have my attention Dave!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 10-05-2021 01:18 AM

Thanks, Mike. Short attention span works on this one. It’s got its second coat of shellac on already.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 10-05-2021 10:49 PM

That is some impressive work Sir!

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