Sofa Table from tension wood #4: leg attachment

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Blog entry by cathyb posted 06-16-2018 06:38 PM 1049 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Table Legs Part 4 of Sofa Table from tension wood series Part 5: Preliminary finishing work »

You may remember I added a filler piece to my legs to completely fill the cavity, except at either end. There I wanted to added a stronger dowel to give me more strength on the foot and a dowel underneath the table top. Before I get to work on the dowel, though, I want to create an attachment for my legs to the table top.

For I had to glue the two pieces of book matched koa together to create the top (and also the shelf). I used dominoes to strengthen these joints and assist in gluing. I always add a coat of finish near the gluing edges instead of tape to keep my epoxy from filling the pores of my wood and avoid finishing problems later.

After removing the clamps, I sanded the top and shelf and cut a rabbet for the attachment of my trim.

I made my trim piece thicker than the thickness of the top and shelf to create pocket for my legs.

In addition, I added a piece of walnut to make this pocket more substantial.

The pocket is designed to be flush with my apron to give a nice fit for the leg to the table top.

Today, I began by adding finish to my pieces.

-- cathyb, Hawaii

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#1 posted 06-16-2018 07:10 PM

Good progress.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-16-2018 07:19 PM

Look forward awesome Cathy

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#3 posted 06-16-2018 07:36 PM

It’s coming along well. Nice work Cathy.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 06-19-2018 01:09 AM

Gorgeous work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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