A new dining room set for my wife! #13: More work on the front legs. It's the bees knees!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-02-2011 02:18 AM 2013 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Trimming and hand fitting. Some relaxing fun. Part 13 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 14: Let's see, where was I. Oh, yea! Let's finish the legs! »

Now for a tedious but necessary job for the front legs. The knee blocks. It’s a fairly straightforward job.

These are the glued up blanks that I first showed you being glued up in episode #7.

They are cut up into little blocks. You can see the design for them in the drawing.

The first thing I do is to match the color and texture of the block with the leg and then mark the number of the leg on the block. Then with the block being held into it’s final position I mark the block with the profile of the leg. You can see the line I traced on the block.

I made a little template for the other face of the knee block. It was taken from the plan. I hold it in place and trace the pattern on it also. Then it’s on the the band saw and make a lot of dust. 32 blocks in total with two faces on each to cut.

Here you can see an uncut block on the left and a cut one on the right. It’s really make the leg stand out, huh?

The only thing different from the front and the side blocks is that 8 degree angle of the aprons. Before marking the side blocks I cut the mating face at 8 degrees to match.

Here you can see the first set glued up. Looks pretty cool, huh?

Now I only have 31 more to go. This will take a while so I may be a few days before I get to the next blog!

-- 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 05-02-2011 02:32 AM

That looks great, very cool.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 02:34 AM

Always appreciate seeing your work Gary. You are a gifted craftsman.

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 02:37 AM

pretty cool indeed

coming along nicely

like so many things
this is rather easy
once you have shown how

great blog build series

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 03:03 AM

Vrey nice. Looks great!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 03:30 AM

That is starting to be more like WORK! :)

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 06:10 AM

Great pictures gary. Nice jog on this addition to the legs.

-- 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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#7 posted 05-02-2011 02:06 PM

Great job, Gary.


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#8 posted 05-02-2011 05:21 PM

Nice work Gary.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 05-02-2011 05:53 PM

Nice legs!

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#10 posted 05-04-2011 03:55 AM

This is a labor of love. Your wife is going to love it!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#11 posted 05-11-2011 10:50 AM

Boy the blocks really add to this!

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

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