the broken carpenter #7: Those Legs!

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Blog entry by SquintyPolock posted 10-24-2020 05:34 PM 337 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I have these 6×6 scraps that I salvaged from a local builder. Good legs!

I cut them to approximate length and then ripped the ends on the table saw. As you can see here, my handsaw skills need some work.

After some experimentation with the chisels, files, mallet, lack of finesse, disappointments, and perseverance; they came out OK. It seems that working with hardwood is easier than with pine. The pine is soft, stingy. I find that oak, for example, shaves off more precisely.

Here, you can see how crooked the tendons get where I started hand sawing. Glad they were cock-eyed in, and not out. I have some chisel work to do!

I flipped over the top and started dry fitting to see how things will go. This was a big operational mistake. As soon as that top was in a usable flat condition, I started using it. At first to wrap Christmas presents. Then to fix something. Then to investigate something. Then to work on honey-do project. Then to do some woodworking. On and on and on. So, here were, nearly Halloween, and still haven’t gotten back to those legs. They are often in my way and I just need to finish them up and start using this table proper!

…and, there are four legs with tendons, just about good to go. Bottoms need some clean up and the outer tendons are going to be mitered.

-- It's all in a day's work...

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