Walnut & Curly Maple Coffee Table #1: Dimensioning the panel pieces

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Blog entry by Reinan posted 10-19-2017 02:49 PM 771 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Starting a new project for my recently married cousin and his lovely bride, who just got their first house. Figured a nice table as a Christmas/House-Warming present would be we received, as they are young and just starting out in life.

I have the main panel/top pieces dimensioned to width, though not final length. The plan is to draw bore breadboard ends in walnut to frame the maple. Next step is making a few clamping caul sets to hold the panel flat while gluing. While I am working towards that, I’m trying to source some 12/4 walnut for the legs.

My thoughts on leg design are to use 12/4 walnut with a 2 aided taper and curly maple for the aprons. I think I am going to bridle joint the maple aprons through the legs and interlock the aprons with a bridle joint as well. All of that hinges on finding 12/4.

-- -Russ

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#1 posted 10-19-2017 05:29 PM

You might check some of the newel post and stair parts suppliers for 12/4 walnut if they are 12/4 square. The blanks are glued up but they are very nice. Otherwise, you can always make 12/4 by sandwiching a core with 3/4” or 1” walnut. I’ve used both methods for legs and been very happy with the results.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 10-19-2017 06:31 PM

I managed to source some VERY rough cut material today, approximately 3 3/8×3 1/2 and close to straight. Without a Jointer or a Planer at my disposal, I had to take it to a guy I know for blanking. I’ve bought a fair amount of material from him in the past so he will do it for a small fee. Should finish out around 3’ square which will work for a nice taper.

-- -Russ

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