Curved front hall table #1: The tapered legs

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Blog entry by exelectrician posted 12-20-2014 04:07 AM 2818 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After completing my hanging tool cabinet build I decided to push myself to attempt some sort of inlay work coupled with curved wood.
This table in No 77 of Woodsmith Magazine caught my eye and I decided to have a go at it. Here are the results so far.

In this posed photo I have the sled I made for this project, with the tapered on four sides leg. the rabbets cut on the top and bottom take the contrasting dark wood (sapele) 1/8” inlays. Then 1/4” rabbets are cut on all four corners at the router table with a spiral bit and more sapele is glued in.

Inlays planed flush then a 1/4” mitered bead added near the top gave this result.

I cut three half elipse from 1/2” baltic ply. I kept one as a template, after smoothing and perfecting the template, I copy routed the other two to match. Then I stack drilled 17 clamp holes 2 1/2” back from the edge. Using ash I cut the spacer blocks, cut and glued them between the two ply pieces and cut slots for the legs using my slot mortiser. Here the test for fit, before gluing in the legs.

Cutting 3/4” thick ash 4” wide I glued a 3/8” wide 90 thou thick piece of sapele on one edge. Then I kerfed the back of board for the bends.
The last of the trim glued in.

Next week the top!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 04:38 AM

Looking good! what type of plywood are you using? Is that a 3/4 bandsaw blade? Looks like you’re meeting your challenge?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 04:46 AM

Great Job!!!

Looking forward to more installments & the finished piece.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 05:10 AM

Nice. I love demilunes, especially elliptical ones.
You’re doing some fine work here.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 12-20-2014 05:55 AM

Doc.. yes it is a 3/4” blade in my old 16” Grizzly. Ply is Baltic birch.
DIY.. and shipwright… thank you so much for the encouragement, it means a lot to me.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-20-2014 09:21 AM

Very nice, I like demilunes and I will have to try one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Isra, Salcedillo (Cantabria),

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 01:33 PM

Very nice work.
Those legs are just stunning.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 12-20-2014 02:28 PM

The inlays are just stunning. Did you do all of the rabbets on the table saw?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#8 posted 12-20-2014 04:56 PM

Looks amazing already.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 12-20-2014 07:22 PM

Jim, Brian, Steve,Isra, Thank you so much for your encouragement,
I look at the amazing body of quality woodwork on LJ’s and try my best all the time, trying to emulate the masters, each and every one of you have had a small part in influencing me in my journey, thank you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 03:37 AM

Now I see where the legs are taking you.
Nice looking legs and the way you did them is interesting very crisp and clean .
You made a nice strong leg to apron body joint well made .
For cutting the kerfs try the table saw with a 7 1/4 ” blade and using the sled with a index pin or just a mark it ,works nice and you can lay the board flat that way .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 12-22-2014 05:17 PM

Hi Klaus,
Thank you for your encouragement, this coming from you means a lot to me.
I agree a sled would have worked on my TS but I had the set up working on my BS so I went with that, also I am more comfortable with a BS for some reason.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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