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Forum topic by dakremer posted 07-11-2014 11:28 PM 1388 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2014 11:28 PM

Hey Guys. I saw this table, and would love to build something similar. I’m trying to wrack my brain about how to make these curved legs. I can come up with a bunch of really complicated ways of making them, but am not seeing the “easiest way out”....

How would you make it???

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 11:35 PM

You could glue two planks together, then create the large roundover with a router table or shaper.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 11:41 PM

Glue 2 planks together, make a jig for the router to roundover the outside, and cut the inside cove on the tablesaw.

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#3 posted 07-11-2014 11:57 PM

Some neat joinery on that round table’s edge – I smell CNC and other newfangled stuff! I’m with jmartel on the cove-cutting with a tablesaw, but I’d probably do the outside with a handplane myself.

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 12:48 AM

Great table !!!

How about coopering? Something like what’s shown in this Tommy Mac video, but on a smaller scale.

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#5 posted 07-12-2014 12:51 AM

Ummmm. I would make something else, sell it, take the money and then buy that table. That’s how I would “make” it.

That is a tough design. If I were to try that, I would probably employ some combination of coopering, shaping, and handplaning. Looks real tough though. I feel like I can usually see a way to do it, but I’m a little stumped on this one. Hopefully some LJ out there has an epiphany to share with you.

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#6 posted 07-12-2014 12:59 AM

For each leg, start with a 6×6 blank, then…...

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 01:01 AM

The last picture throws a big wrench into the problem. It seems to be built with multiple staves that are joined together with cove and bullnose joints. And then it has a large and gentle curve – that would take some impressive jigging I would think. That is a lot more curve than is needed for the dining table.

It is probably not how they did it, but if I were to do the table, I would probably do it with bendy ply and veneers. You could get a nice curve that long (tall?) using a vacuum press with a piece of large PVC pipe as a form. You could use pretty veneers too.

Interesting problem,

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 02:09 AM

I would say the leg that being round part is a three part leg. The round part is the center made first then two blank glued to them . Then leg is now shape to give the leg appearance and from there mortise and tenon joint for the rails to complete the bench . I would say same for the table not sure on the foot stool. This is my best guess hope this help.

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#9 posted 07-12-2014 02:37 AM

How about bent laminations with a slightly thicker veneer or plywood? Then just rough out the leg shapes on the band saw followed by traditional mortise and tenon joinery for the leg and apron. I guess you could try some sweet steam bending, but I don’t know much at all about that.

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#10 posted 07-12-2014 03:48 AM

I’d build a cylinder using the bird’s mouth joints shown in the last pic. Then take it to the lathe and shape the outside profile. Rip it in 4 pieces using a.table saw or band saw. Then shape the internal profile by coving with a table saw. Followed by lots of sanding.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 07-12-2014 05:46 AM

It depends what radius curve you want, and whether you need the inside of the legs to be similarly curved. As Steve said above, it makes a difference whether you are doing a round stool, or a table / bench with straight rails. The ideas that I’ll list below appy to a table / bench

  • Rounding over router bits with radius up to 1 1/4” seem to be available. Might that be enough?
  • For the inside curve, the biggest cove bit that I see, in the catalogue that I have, has a 3/4 ” radius. You could cove the edge of a plank, then cut off just the cove and glue it into the inside corner of the leg. This both gives you an inside radius, and also provides support to the mitre joint.
  • You could plane the outside curve by hand using a template to check the curve as you go. Believe it ot not, it’s probably not as hard as you might think.
  • If you wanted a curve on the inside of the leg, you could possibly cut a cove using a table saw.

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#12 posted 07-14-2014 03:15 PM

Thanks for the detailed responses guys! I hadn’t thought of the table saw for cutting the inside cove.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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