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Making a Camphor live edge table #2: The legs

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Blog entry by grosa posted 12-18-2021 02:22 PM 527 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Starting the table Part 2 of Making a Camphor live edge table series Part 3: Finishing the table base. »

Running all the leg parts through the wide belt sander.

Matching the grain for each leg.

Putting the tenon slots with a domino slot cutter.



Dry fit.

Checking the grill without any glue.

Rails will be 1/4” thinner than the legs, it looks better.

Everything looked good in the dry fitting so it’s time to glue up the legs.

When working with live edge the tricky part is clamping things together. Because the live edge isn’t square you need to get creative when clamping. In all my years of working with live edge the easiest way I found to do this is take a piece of 3/4” plywood, place it on the edge of your part and trace the live edge onto the plywood. Then cut out what you traced. The plywood will stadel the part and give you a square edge to clamp to while protecting the edge.

While the legs are drying I am going to cut the ends of the table top

The jig saw is set on an angle and the cut will be on a shallow radius.


With the ends cut it’s time to flip the top over and sand the bottom. Using a 12” Gem sander I start with 60 grit then 120 grit. This sander makes quick work of this step.


Now we need to get the legs centers on the table.

This might sound easy but it’s not. Keep in mind nothing on this top is square. The easyest way I found to do this is you need to keep the legs parallel to each other so I make a square frame at the length I want the legs apart from each other.

Next I measure the ends so I have the same measurement on each end. Do the same on the legs, get the same measurement form side to side. Then mark where the legs are. That’s how I center the base on a live edge top.

-- Have a great day.



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