Sofa Table from tension wood #3: Table Legs

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Blog entry by cathyb posted 06-16-2018 06:10 PM 950 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I left off, I was in the prep stage for this sofa table. Last weekend , I was trying to find a good choice for my aprons and inlay for the leg. After finally selecting a suitable board, I constructed the legs, glued the table top together, created the attachment for the legs and began my finish work. In this blog we will talk about the legs.

The legs are four sided laminate of the koa and walnut. To do this, I laminated the koa to the walnut. Then once dry, I cut the joint for my inlay.

I decided to use my Festool Domino machine for my loose tenon joinery for my legs attachment to the apron pieces.

Once I had my tenon cut, I added some finish to my legs.

In the next blog, I will talk about the attachment of my legs….

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#1 posted 06-16-2018 07:06 PM


Looking at the blog I’m thinking that I haven’t seen a laminated leg with this type of joinery. Pretty sure it relates back to tension in the figured wood. You are joining it with a 45 degree angle cut. Again a number of thoughts generated.

Interest? strength? Again tension? When did you first come up with this method?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-16-2018 07:40 PM

Interesting progress.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 06-17-2018 12:40 AM

Hi Doc,

My quadrangle legs? I have only done this for lamps in the past. The lamps were quite complex with at least five ply laminates, which were then turned on the lathe. I have made decahedron lamps, too. They were really tricky, but made beautiful lamps…

Not to worry about my legs, they will be locked into my pockets under the table top and then held in a notch in the shelf to prevent any movement.

Today, I glued the dominoes to my leg mortises. Once they set up, I’ll add the side aprons. Then more finish work before adding the dominoes for the front and back apron pieces. Since my shelf will be locked in place, I have to cut the notches in the shelf and then attach the shelf before gluing the front and back aprons in place.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#4 posted 06-17-2018 04:10 AM


Looking forward to the next iteration.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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