Techniques #1: Gluing a mitered leg or post

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 05-26-2008 04:07 PM 2764 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In response to Dave in Texas’s question on a mitered joint, I thought I’d show an easy way to make a hollow leg or post, without any splines.

This method works very well and is simple. Actually, it’s so easy it seems impossible, but your results will be perfect. We use it on very high end work, with no problem as the joint is furniture quality along it’s entire length.

This is a top secret trick, so don’t tell anyone okay.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 05-26-2008 04:15 PM

My lips are sealed!

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#2 posted 05-26-2008 04:24 PM

Thanks a lot, Lee, for sharing your top-secret tricks. But, aren’t you worried that you will lose business, when all of us are as great a craftsman as you? (I only wish it were that simple…) ;^D

I really appreciate those here who share their “tricks” with us. It has really helped me a lot!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 05-26-2008 04:36 PM

Hi guys;

Thanks for keeping a lid on this!

No I’m not worried Tom, I’m looking for a new career anyway! I’m going to become an astronaut once I get past my fear of height!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-26-2008 04:53 PM

Thanks for the post, Lee. As always you are a wealth of information.

I have used this on small pieces or when I needed to clamp an oddly shaped piece but it simply never occurred to me to use it on something as large as this. Duct and painters tapes can be some of the most versatile tools we own.

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

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#5 posted 05-26-2008 05:08 PM

Thanks Lee, I too have used the idea on very small projects…. it never occured to me for large ones. Very ingeneous. I never told anyone either.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#6 posted 05-26-2008 05:34 PM

Interesting. It is just like making a mitered box. Hmmm.. Do you use just one board and then “wrap it” around the leg or post?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 05-26-2008 05:40 PM

Thanks guys;

John, it becomes the leg when using four pieces. This particular piece was a fluted pilaster on a fireplace mantle, which is why it only has three sides.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 05-26-2008 06:28 PM

Good tip Lee.
I see you prefer the blue tape as well.
There are times I wish it was a bit more tacky.
I also use a bit of rubber surgical tubing when things get a bit difficult.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 05-26-2008 06:47 PM

Lee – Great tip. I’ve been using tape for clamping for a long time. A lot of people overlook it.

Bob – Lee – Try this masking tape. There are different green tapes but this is the one to get.
It’s for “For Hard To Stick Surfaces” and you can leave it on for 3 days with no glue residue.

The best thing about it is that it stretches a little allowing you to stretch it over a gap and it will pull
it together. It’s part number 3M 2060. Sticker than the blue, but just as easy to get off. You just have to get it started.

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

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#10 posted 05-26-2008 07:23 PM

Hi Bob;

Yeah, I am definitely a fan of blue tape, as well as the Green, as Gary points out.


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#11 posted 05-26-2008 09:20 PM

Thanks for the tip Lee. See you in 4 weeks.

LumberJock Picnic at Lee’s home June 21. First day of summer.

-- 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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#12 posted 05-27-2008 06:07 AM

Thanks for sharing your techniques, I think you’re a great asset to the LJ community.
Oh and I have to let you know that I’m tellin’ everyone!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 05-27-2008 06:18 AM

Hi Todd;

Thank you for the kind words Todd.

I knew someone would spill the beans! It was bound to happen.

Just so long as it wasn’t me! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 05-27-2008 06:23 AM

Hi Karson;

I guess I better tell my wife soon, huh!

I’ll try to come with something interesting for us to do.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 05-27-2008 06:58 AM

Thanks for the great blog. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
I guess it looks like I am going to become a leg man after all.


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