Foot Rest

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 07-31-2007 02:58 AM 5420 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my entry for the Wood Joinery Challenge.

My wife asked for a foot rest to go under her desk, around the time the Summer Challenge was announced. I thought I could come up with a design that didn’t need: glue, nails, screws or mechanical fasteners. It took a little more time, but was a lot fun. It also sparked a lot of other ideas. I have several other bigger projects that I may try, with the same guidelines.

The foot rest is made from Peruvian Walnut with Maple pegs. I used through mortise and tenon joints and pegged them with Maple pegs. My first plan was to use wedge tenons, but my test joints kept breaking. This is the first time I’ve worked with Peruvian Walnut, and it seems very brittle and chips easily. So I went with plan B and pegged them instead. I let tenons on the stretchers run long (leftover because I didn’t use wedges), and liked the look it gave the foot rest. A Mission or Craftsman accent. The biggest challenge was marking out and cutting the through mortises on the top. I just took it slow and did a lot of test fits. Any gaps here wouldn’t look good! I have to say the “dry” fit was really tight and snug. I might not have needed as many pegs, but I liked the look. I also used the drawbore technique on the joints, and it really snugged up the joints even more.

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 03:39 AM

very nice piece … really pretty wood grain. good luck on your entry

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 05:04 AM

Best wishes, Mike – good entry.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 05:08 AM

Best of luck Mike. Very, very good job on the joinery, but the stool turned out just great also.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 07-31-2007 06:42 AM

Nice piece Mike – very nice wood selection and finish. Good luck with the contest.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 07-31-2007 02:18 PM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 07-31-2007 06:54 PM

That’s a beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 07-31-2007 07:12 PM

this category has been a challenge right from the start but when I read your comment: It took a little more time, but was a lot fun. It also sparked a lot of other ideas. I have several other bigger projects that I may try, with the same guidelines. I knew that this category was the right thing to do—it has been a true challenge for everyone.

What a wonderful project.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 08-01-2007 01:51 PM

Nice project for your wife Mike, sitting at a desk can get tiring for your legs. This should help her nicely.

-- Joel Tille

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#9 posted 08-02-2007 08:05 PM

Good Job and great results.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 10:40 PM

Very nice – I like the contrast in the wood and the pegs and I think the jointery is great. I’ll have to give your methods a shot. I have to build a hall table for my wife and I think I’ll incorporate your methods in that project. I’ve been searching for the perfect solution because she’s relly particular, and I think she’ll love your design and method.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#11 posted 01-25-2008 10:56 AM

Just saw this in the shuffle and love it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 01-25-2008 05:50 PM

Thanks Blake. A quick update on the foot rest. It has worked out really nice. I got the height and angle right to be comfortable. The joints have stayed nice and tight without glue. My wife wants another one for work.

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#13 posted 12-07-2011 01:50 AM

loving the color

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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