A new dining room set for my wife! #6: More work on the front legs.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-26-2011 04:33 AM 5223 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been doing the “not too much fun” part of the job. Shaping the legs.
I basically worked on four legs a day, sometimes taking a day off in between. Once I get over this hump it will be downhill. I think :-)

I last left off using the Legacy mill. Here’s what I came up with.

Not too bad.
Now for the next step I had to use a lathe. (bummer!) It’s the only way (other than doing it by hand) to shape the transition from the round part to the bottom of the curved “foot” part. I left the part long on both ends so that I could hold it in the lathe for shaping. I will trim both ends as the last step. I used a rasp to rough off a lot of the material from the legs. Mostly the square corners left over from the bandsaw cutting.

Then I used my cheap belt sander. The brand name is Reliant. I got it about 10-12 years ago. It looks like what they sell at Harbor Freight, but it has always worked for me.

The diameter at the end works perfectly for shaping the “instep” of the foot. After that I basically just smoothed out the surface from using the rasp. I’m not even trying to get the final shape here. Just kinda close. I will finish shaping and sanding as one of the last steps. I still have to glue the knee extensions on, which I will need before I can do the final shaping.

Next I get to use my square chisel mortiser (also called hollow chisel mortiser) to make some mortises. I set up a stop at one end with a small clamp. The other I just scribed and eye-balled.

You can get tired of doing 16 of everything. I got one mortise in each leg. This is the first one with both.

I think I will wait until tomorrow to finish the rest. That unless I get ambitious tonight to finish the rest:

Until next time!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 04:47 AM

Another handy tools for the job… mortiser chisel… sanding belt rounded edge… plus the legacy mill featured from last blog. However without the skills and knowledge of you Gary, this will not be easy. That was a quick one. Last time I remember for making a short cabriole leg (4 inches for the jewelry box), it took me a lot of cutting, chiseling and sanding and finished one piece for 2 days… thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 04:50 AM

Looks good!

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 04:54 AM

That’s a lot of legs! Very informative…thanks!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 05:05 AM

Nice work Gary
I have you as a friend so i con see all that you make
keep up the good work

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 05:22 AM

Gary, I admire your tenacity, only exceeded by your ability to produce outstanding artful, not to forget useful, visionary, home accoutrements beyond all comprehension. As I said before you are a master. I am enjoying your posts immensely. Wish I were closer so I could visit, to see the progress.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 05:34 AM

With all those gorgeous legs… looks like a winner in a BEAUTY contest!

Wonderful work…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 07:01 AM

So Gary, does this table really have 14 legs? Or are you making a few extras? Classic and timeless beauties they are, though! Love to see a sketch of your overall plan. Keep up the good work!

-- SteveL

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 12:32 PM

Thanks for the update, Gary. It looks like the chairs are coming along pretty well. I have to agree with you about the m&t joinery. After the first few, the novelty of cutting all these joints seems to wear a little thin.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 02:45 PM

Gary: A nice blog to keep us current. great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 04-26-2011 02:48 PM

What can I say Gary….. 16 legs is a boat load.
Thanks for showing us the progress. And the way that you solve problems with the tools ya got.

I am inspired.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 02:59 PM

Hi Gary;

Yup, that 16 of each is what’s kept me from doing chairs.

They’re looking good, though.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 04:29 PM

Wow keep plugging away. You have made me feel better and to get going on my Entertainment Center. You have it alot tougher then me right now. I’m in the sanding stage and hate it! But ohhh so important. I love watching your progress though.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 04-26-2011 05:09 PM

Looking good. As always. Thanks for the tutorial. Chips

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#14 posted 04-27-2011 12:52 AM

Looks great Gary – it’s going to be a beautiful set

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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