Well, I planned on using this solid 3” thick lumber for the front legs:
But it turns out to have too many defects and splits to get all of the 16 pieces out of it. Bummer!
Since I have no place local to get more, I have to go with plan 2. Gluing up smaller pieces from this stack:
I bought stack this with the intention of using some for this project and saving the rest for the future.
Guess I’ll just have to use more for this project than I thought.
Since I bought the lumber rough, I could have it milled to any thickness I wanted. I had these planed to 7/8”.
That means gluing up 3 pieces will give me exactly the 2 5/8” thickness I need. It also meant that all the lumber wouldn’t cleanup both sides. No big deal since I can just run it through my planer at 3/4” for another project.
All the pieces that were glued together were from the same board so that the color and texture of the wood will be the same.
Gave me a chance to use all my narrow width stock at the same time. Now not all the pieces were perfectly flat, but since I was going to glue them any way that wouldn’t really matter much as long as I glued them flat.
To make sure I did that they were glued up flat I glued them using my nice flat bench top as a reference.
Gluing them against my bench top made sure that all the pieces were flat as the glue dried.
The C-clamps on the sides were to keep the pieces from sliding around as I clamped them together.
This part of the blog was supposed to be about cutting and shaping the legs, so I’ll do that in the next part.
Besides, it gives me something to do while the glue dries.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX