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A new dining room set for my wife! #3: Gluing up the front legs, bummer!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-18-2011 05:36 PM 3305 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The back legs. Throwing a curve at them. Part 3 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 4: The back legs - A flashback! »

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



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jackass

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 05:49 PM

No question Gary, you’re a master. Hope you post the finished product.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 06:09 PM

Hi Gary;

Nothing like a little extra work, an an already large undertaking.

Looks good, though.

Lee

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Karson

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 07:32 PM

Gary: A little tip for assisting in the glue up.

The Dover Wwindow and Door people that donate wood to the Toy workshop have this little trick. Before the boards have glue they drill a hole for a small dowel through some extra lenght of the stock. (Both ends) Then when they put glue on the boards, they drive in the dowel and now the boards won’t slip and slide around

They have an 8’ long press and it’s impossable to do side clamping or seeing if the boards slide around.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 07:43 PM

Hi Gary, what is a ball park cost figure to bild this set?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 08:26 PM

It’s nice to go through the bad times as well as the good times with you…

Looking good…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 08:34 PM

Although I knew I could make curved pieces by gluing laminates together around a form and after the glue dried they would hold their shape, I hadn’t even considered that by taking curved pieces and gluing them straight, that they would stay straight. I learned something new today. Thanks Gary. If I had to do this, I probably would have planed them all straight and wasted a lot of wood and time.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 08:48 PM

Go Gary Go I’m always impressed with you blogs and projects.

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bigike

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 10:59 PM

nice,very nice!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 03:49 AM

Good question Topa. What is the cost of materials vs buying these same chairs new?

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GaryK

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 04:34 AM

TopamaxSurvivor – There’s about 13 board feet in each chair. I usually get my mahogany for a little less than $4 a BF so that would make it about $52 per chair. Times 6 would be $312 and for 8 would be $416. That’s just for the wood.

As for the table, I don’t know yet. Ask me when I get to that point. I will say that I have some nice 16” wide santos mahogany boards for the top. At 2200 on the Janka scale it’s about twice as hard as any oak.

Broglea – What would be the fun in buying a store bought set. Second, try finding and pricing a set of solid mahogany chairs. Not to mention having to buy only what you can find and not exactly what you want.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 04-19-2011 10:05 AM

I would have expected it to be a bit higher off the top of my head wild guess. That is very reasonable for solid wood chairs with AAA+ craftsmanship ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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jackass

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 02:17 PM

Hi Gary,
I am intrigued by your above statement about the “Janka Scale”. I would like to know more about it. I have a small piece of mahogany in my repetoir of scraps of wood, it sure ain’t harder than oak, what’s the difference?
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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GaryK

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 05:05 PM

Jackass – Santos Mahogany is not really mahogany. It’s just what it’s called.

Botanical Name: Myroxylon, balsamuml

To read more about the Janka scale check this out: http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/4703

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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jackass

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#14 posted 04-19-2011 05:24 PM

Thankyou Gary, I’ll read it all when I get home tonight, I have already book marked the info and saved it.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#15 posted 04-19-2011 07:18 PM

Gary, you surely have a job ahead of you! If anyone can pull it of, it is you! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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