Walnut slab leftovers? #3: Needed a few legs

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-16-2015 03:17 AM 1163 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Table n;eeds legs, right? Didn’t have enough walnut to make any decent ones…..I did have a slab of white oak, though…..Had to haul it to the shop, first.

Today, did a couple crosscuts. Used the Vintage saw for this job….going to be a power tool day..

This is set up for the second cut. First cut was to trim the end as square as I could…left this piece as a cutoff..

Second cut, I had a clamp back at the rear, to keep things from moving too far. This left me with two 20” slabs that needed a little more “refinement” . Fired up the bandsaw, trying to make a few square ( almost) turning blanks..

1/2” wide blade on the bandsaw, still slow going, but it tried to follow the lines, this time around…Got four blanks finally cut

They did need a clean up. Clamped up between the bench dogs, and a couple planes to smooth things out..

Meanwhile…where is that lathe at, anyway? Rumour control says it is under there, somewhere..

Did some digging around, move some stuff to another stash area..

Well, well, there it is, along with a few DULL tools. Got those sharpened back up ( been awhile) and then found a center point on each end of the first blank. One just had a pointy tool drove into it, the other, better end had this

Got the blank mounted on the lathe, hand spun to make sure it will work. Had to dig around for a power cord to start the lathe up with. made a few marks, turned the lathe on…...nothing flew out into space..whew. Turned the first of four legs..

The “top” is square for a few inches, about twice the width of the aprons. The rest was just the MK1 Eyeball. Sanded and burnished, then set aside as a pattern for the other three. Next two went …OK….but trouble started in on the last leg….Seems the pulley that drives the drive spur wanted to back off it’s shaft… would then hit the motor, and try to throw the belt. Hammer to re-adjust….a few times,,,took a bigger hammer to cure that.
Finally got all four legs turned.

I was walking around about ankle deep in this stuff..

I laid a few other parts out, to get set up for the next day’s job..

Got Mortise & Tenon work to do,..with a twist. Ends of the aprons will get a bevel cut, so the legs will splay out a bit. maybe 5 degrees or so. Might add some curves to the aprons, too.

Need to find something to do with these cut-offs..

There are two boards sitting there, 20” long. They have bark on them. And some interesting grain

lathe is not set up for bowl turning, nor do I have the right chisels for that. Might find something to do with it later, I guess..

I ‘m bushed, so that will be it for today…..stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 04:24 AM

Looks great, Bandit. I see you have a Craftsman band saw. I’ll have to figure out how you get it to cut well, since I always have issues on mine.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 01:13 PM

Lookin’ good !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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