Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table #9: Woe is me... Curved Legs Aren't Simple

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 08-07-2010 12:46 PM 1659 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Woe is me.

I can’t decide on the legs. The ideal plan would be to steam bend, or laminate the legs.

The short grain weakness is the problem…

If I laminate I don’t think I could to the tight curve of the foot and would need to attach a foot… which would be obvious.

If I steam bent and then laminate I could make all the curves… but I can’t think of a mould to do it…

It is possible to do all of this… but I only have 4 days to do it… no steaming gear…. and no success on the first mould…

At this rate… I may end up cutting it from straight grain solid timber… drilling up the leg and inserted an unglued steel rod… that’ll fix it… but it ain’t classy.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 08-07-2010 12:59 PM

Certainly a dilemma….

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 02:40 PM

Nice design!

An idea would be to layer up thinner pieces with grain running at different directions. Maybe three layers. The two outer layers could be a thin slab with grain running horizontal as in your picture. The center layer could be much thicker and consist of two pieces meeting in the center – each running parallel to curve of the leg.

Just a thought.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 08:12 PM

Looks like a beautiful table. How about making the curved piece out of two boards glued together in a “V” shape?

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