Trestle Table Desks #4: Shaping the feet and anticipating an uneven floor

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 11-19-2010 01:33 AM 1613 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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These desks will sit on a tile floor—notoriously uneven—so I needed to allow a little extra thickness at the end in case I need to install teenuts with adjustable nylon glides. I’ll keep that option open, perhaps prepping the bottom for the teenuts but not installing them unless necessary. To accommodate that, I needed to thicken the tips of the feet—an added half inch of cherry.

I picked my radius—inch and an eighth—and the length of the taper, marked all eight, and freehanded them on the bandsaw and dressed them to the line on the edge sander.

That puts us at image #1. Next was the taper down to the toe. I laid that out on one, then created the fixture you see attached to a piece of Melamine. This allowed me to index each piece against the half inch “sole” of cherry I’d glued on each foot.

The bandsaw made quick work of the task and left some intriguing scrap—the kind of thing it’s hard to toss…at first.

Sanding is next, both the feet and shoulders which also have a taper (but not the rounded toe).

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 04:23 AM

God point with the anticipation of the uneven floor I have never given somthing like that any thought.


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