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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 10-24-2014 10:57 PM 1277 views 2 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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10-24-2014 10:57 PM

I am trying to teach myself how to make this kind of leg for a coffee table.I am just going of a picture I seen online. I have no books, video, website or mentor to help me. I have gotten close a few times but it seems to never line up right. I assume the leg is 2 pieces that are cut curved and the straight side is cut a 45 degrees to make a complete square from 2 pieces. I suspect each piece has to be the same width as it is thick so it is a square. I think i have most of the basics figured out but could use some information incase I am missing something. Are there any websites or videos that would help me learn this?

So far these are my failed attempts during practice learning. The first one is a piece of scrap that I first cut the angle on the wrong side and then it broke at a crack. the second one is of some 4/4 maple which is where I started to learn a little more, but it wasn’t thick enough to form a square. The third i got the sid the angle figured out but my free hand template for practice didn’t make it a square this it wasn’t cut at the same width as the thickness.

The quest goes on, I get closer and closer each try! So far my spirits are high because I keep learning with each one and am motivated.

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 11:50 PM

Looks like two squares cut at 45 degree where they meet. So, lets say they where 4×4’s. The sides that meet were cut first and the “tops” were cut into 2×2’s with probably a bandsaw??.. Something like that… You are doing a grate job teaching yourself.


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#2 posted 10-25-2014 01:23 AM

The center one looks like you hit gold!

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 01:32 AM

Maybe it is made from a 2×4. Try cutting the miter first, measure and mark as if it were 2× get the square leg. Then band saw the curves using a templeta. Maybe you can work the curve with a spoke shave , or you may have to use just a scraper.

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 03:52 AM

Just guessing here. . I see this from a slightly different perspective.

Cut 2 flat pieces from 8/4 stock to match the desired profile for the 8 legs (yes 8, 2 for each corner). , miter the mating edge each pair from the V down to the bottom at 45 degrees then glue them together. This way the glue joint would only be visible from the underside of the table and you may get a better chance of 4 matching corners.

Something like this. . (sorry I might be a computer geek but I’m terrible with CAD).

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Micah Muzny

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 05:30 AM

That is pretty much the steps I take. Here is how I do it. I may of left something out but I think this sums it up.

I messed up on the angled cut on the top right picture. Leg (A) should be cut 45 degrees from top right to bottom left saving the upper half of the cut. Leg (B) should be cut 45 degrees from top right to bottom saving the bottom half. I think that is corrected now. If you cut it wrong like I have it drawn it will just form a Y and they will not be 90 degrees opposite of each other.

Hmm kinda small and hard to read, not sure how to enlarge it. If you hold ctrl and press the + button on your keyboard you can zoom in. It will help a little.

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#6 posted 10-25-2014 01:10 PM

The thickness should be the same as the width of the leg when looking at it from the side.
I would think that 2” would look too bulky, and something like 1-1/4 or 1-1/2 would look better.
It’s really pretty simple. Just cut out the leg shape, and then cut the miter on the straight portion.

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Micah Muzny

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#7 posted 10-25-2014 03:16 PM

Yeah when I picture it in my head, the 2 inches would be kind of big.

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#8 posted 10-28-2014 07:50 PM

Hm, it looks like two about 1-1/4” by 3” boards of flatsawn stock are first cut with mirrored 45° mitres, then the boards are laid face down and the kinked or curved parts are cut out.

At least that’s how I’d do it- and of course dig out the mortises first of all, while the stock is square all around!

It’s a neat design, very pretty, and they managed not to make it look it hippy, which isn’t easy with that kind of thing.

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