A new dining room set for my wife! #31: These are some big thick legs!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 1050 days ago 1950 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: The table begins with a quandry. Part 31 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 32: Starting on the top »

Well, I wanted this table to be sturdy and with these legs I think it will be.

It looks like they are going to end taking up almost as much time as all the small ones. A lot more material to remove!

Here’s where I started, gluing up the stock. Those are starting out at 4 1/2” square.

That is the template for the legs.

Here you can see the templates for the chairs and table side by side. I have already traced the outline on the blanks.

And already centered them and set them for the spur bit for the lathe.

Here is one already turned round at the foot and rough sanded.

Just an interesting photo showing the template next to a leg.

I have decided to veneer the table top. It should be interesting since I have never done anything this big before.

I ended up getting 1/2” (12mm) baltic birch plywood instead of 3/4”. I want to top to be pretty thick so I will glue two pieces of the 1/2” together to make a 1” thick top.

I should have the legs all done and starting on the top in the next entry.

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

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#1 posted 1050 days ago

Dang this is fun to watch….

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#2 posted 1050 days ago

Moley! is that 6×6?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 1050 days ago

Can’t wait to see the veneering stage.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1050 days ago

Yea! That is very cool! Your having way to much fun! lol

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#5 posted 1050 days ago

This project is just one of many that makes this website the best!

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#6 posted 1050 days ago

Now, THOSE are Legs!


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#7 posted 1050 days ago

Great looking legs. Ghee that sounds sexist. But it’s hard to come up with any different name.

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

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#8 posted 1050 days ago

My grandfather always call legs, gams. So I will say exuberantly NICE GAMS!

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#9 posted 1050 days ago

wow …NICE LEGS cant wait to see the next blog !!!

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#10 posted 1050 days ago

Never told a guy he had nice legs before… ….good work.

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#11 posted 1050 days ago

is there a difference between the finishe leg and the template?

I can’t wait for the veneer part. I have never done veneering.

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#12 posted 1050 days ago

Amazing work, and how fast you are. You are retired correct? If not I’ll have to give up woodworking as I must be really slow. Always look fwd to seeing this progress. Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 1049 days ago

lanwater – If there are any differences, they are minor. The template is just a rough start. It takes it’s real shape when you work on it by hand and eye.

ken90712 – Yea, retired. At least for now. Who knows what the future will bring.

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

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