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ravensrock

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06-27-2020 02:20 AM

I’m getting ready to make an outdoor table for my daughter out of cedar. I want to do something like in these pictures with a notch on the inside top of each leg to accept the aprons. How would you cut these? Use a router to hog out most of it and finish with a chisel? All hand tools using saw and chisels? Thanks in advance!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking


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#1 posted 06-27-2020 03:06 AM

Hi Dave,
You’re just a few miles (30 maybe?) up the road from me. I was planning to bike up to York tomorrow on the Rail Trail. By the way, nice work on those projects.
Your suggestion to rout and square it with a chisel sounds acceptable. You can also use the table saw with a stop cut to define your edges before routing and maybe score a few lines to make that routing easier. I’m guessing you don’t have a hollow chisel mortiser, but that would also be helpful to get the square in the corner.
Hope you have an easy time making this, Marc

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#2 posted 06-27-2020 03:22 AM

I have a wheel marking gauge I would use to score all the like lines out all at once, then switch to mark the others. For just 4 legs I would probably just use my tenon saw to angle cut to the lines as best I could then chop with a wide chisel and clean up with the chisel. If I was just in a hurry to “get it done”, I would probably use my table saw for most of it, or if I had to make a bunch of the same legs.

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ravensrock

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#3 posted 06-27-2020 03:24 AM

Thanks for the input Marc. I guess we’re practically neighbors! Good idea about the table saw. That would give me nice clean edges at least part of the way. I don’t have a hollow chisel mortiser.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#4 posted 06-27-2020 01:44 PM

If you aren’t very good at chiseling and you didn’t mind glue lines.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#5 posted 06-27-2020 07:59 PM

How about using a multi-tool type saw?

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ravensrock

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#6 posted 06-28-2020 03:53 AM

Clever idea but not sure I want glue lines. TheWop- I thought about that option. Have a Bosch one that I rarely use. I think I’ll see how a handsaw and chisel work and pull out the multi-tool if need be.


If you aren t very good at chiseling and you didn t mind glue lines.

- LeeRoyMan


How about using a multi-tool type saw?

- TheWop


-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#7 posted 06-28-2020 04:00 AM

I think the Multi-tool is a good idea. Get rid of most of the material then clean up with a chisel.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#8 posted 06-28-2020 02:01 PM

Plunge router with guide bushing. Use a right angle ‘jig’. Clean up the rounded inside corners with chisel or multitool.

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#9 posted 06-28-2020 03:28 PM

I’d use a router or a forstner bit in a drill press to hog out most of it, then finish up with a nice sharp chisel.

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ravensrock

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#10 posted 06-29-2020 01:25 AM

I think I’m going to use a plunge router and chisel. Thanks for the advice!


I d use a router or a forstner bit in a drill press to hog out most of it, then finish up with a nice sharp chisel.

- AESamuel


-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#11 posted 07-10-2020 03:31 AM

An angle jig and a dado stack

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#12 posted 07-10-2020 03:37 AM

Fine-ish tenon saw and a chisel will do that work.

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