Now for a tedious but necessary job for the front legs. The knee blocks. It’s a fairly straightforward job.
These are the glued up blanks that I first showed you being glued up in episode #7.
They are cut up into little blocks. You can see the design for them in the drawing.
The first thing I do is to match the color and texture of the block with the leg and then mark the number of the leg on the block. Then with the block being held into it’s final position I mark the block with the profile of the leg. You can see the line I traced on the block.
I made a little template for the other face of the knee block. It was taken from the plan. I hold it in place and trace the pattern on it also. Then it’s on the the band saw and make a lot of dust. 32 blocks in total with two faces on each to cut.
Here you can see an uncut block on the left and a cut one on the right. It’s really make the leg stand out, huh?
The only thing different from the front and the side blocks is that 8 degree angle of the aprons. Before marking the side blocks I cut the mating face at 8 degrees to match.
Here you can see the first set glued up. Looks pretty cool, huh?
Now I only have 31 more to go. This will take a while so I may be a few days before I get to the next blog!
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX