Cheap Kitchen Table #3: Improved leg design

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 10-01-2011 11:26 AM 1541 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You spoke and I listened. We made corner blocks for the legs so that they should be plenty strong enough.

Here’s a picture with the corner blocks installed into the bottom and top horizontals.

These were the most difficult and dangerous thing we’ve ever made in the workshop. They took dangerous cuts on the miter saw and table saw. We will never do them again and will make a jig next time to be safer. Here’s what the side verticals looks like next to the horizontals.

Here’s the same with one of the stretchers from side to side.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 02:59 PM


I think that’s better than the original design. Are you going to peg the M&T joints? That would also add strength and would prevent the joint separating even if the glue joint failed…

Glad you managed to make the pieces without injury. A jig and/or different technique would probably make things safer and remember, I’m talking from experience when I say “Be Careful!”

Look forward to your next post in the series.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 10-01-2011 04:30 PM


I didn’t do through tenons, but probably could pin them near the edges.

I worked with my son very carefully. I checked the cuts from other angles to make sure my son was safe and I think we had an appropriate level of fear given what we were doing, but I think you can never be careful enough.

Thanks for the help/suggestions. I think that’s one of the best things about lumberjocks. Someone to bounce things off is nice when you don’t have any mentors.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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