Grand Daughters Crib #1: Shaping the legs

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 09-08-2008 04:14 AM 1998 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first Grand Daughter will be here sometime in November. My Daughter requested this that I build this Walnut Sleigh crib. So let’s get this show on the road.

I’ve been saving this piece of walnut for a couple of years now or so, its 2 1/4×15” x 98”. I’ll be using it for the legs. After I finally got a pattern drawn that I was happy with and one that I could fit four legs on my one chunk of walnut, I’m ready to start milling. I milled the wanut down to 1 7/8” thick and cut it half. There is just enough room to get two legs on each piece. They are about 12” wide at the widest point and 43” long, so its a tight squeeze. I bandsaw all the legs out staying about an 1/8” or so from my line. Then each leg is screwed to the pattern and flush trimmed on the shaper. Remember you can click on the picture to seen it in full view.


After all the legs have been trimmed to the pattern I made a try on the table saw to cut them all to the same length. I use once again a piece of 3/4” mdf for the tray and clamp it to my slide on the saw. I double faced tapped a stop block on the tray so each leg gets cut the exact same length.


Okay, so here’s all the legs milled to size.


Next up the jig’s for bagging the curved panels that will be on the inside and the outside of the leg end section’s. They will be veneered with rift cut walnut veneers.

Love Dad/Grandpa

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 04:49 AM

Les, who makes that shaper bit, or is it custom made? Does a nice job on those legs.

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#2 posted 09-08-2008 04:57 AM

This looks like the start of a very nice project. I look forward to seeing more.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 09-08-2008 06:11 AM

Les, congrats on the pending new arrival. She doesn’t know how lucky she is to be coming into a family with a loving grandfather. Reminds me that time moves so quick. My grand twins are turning eight in November. How did that happen? By the way the project sounds beautiful. Please post updates.

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#4 posted 09-08-2008 06:14 AM

Looking good so far.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#5 posted 09-08-2008 07:14 AM


This looks like another really interesting project. I’m looking forward to following your progress, and I can’t wait to see it finished. We’ll also need lots of pictures of your granddaughter in November. (November’s our family’s big month for birthdays and anniversaries so maybe she’ll arrive on one of them.)

. . . and the walnut—2-1/4”×15” x 98”—that does incite some envy!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 09-08-2008 07:26 AM


How do you like the insert spiral cutterhead? I am thinking of getting a 3” or 4” tall one for my shaper.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 09-08-2008 11:36 PM

The cutter came from Grizzly. They have several different lengths. I really like it, it cuts amazingly well, even end grain. I haven’t had it very long, but so far its great. Its suppose to be 4” dia. But with a 4” bearing it doesn’t cut flush. It cuts proud by a 1/32”. I set up a jig on my disc sander and sanded a 1/32” off the bearing so it would cut flush.

Thanks everybody for your comments!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 01:35 AM

Les, the legs remind me of the cherry sleigh bed I made about 7 years ago for my insurance agent. I’ll have to add it to my projects. And yes I like that cutter also. Will have to look at Grizzly’s catalog. Your daughter and grandbaby will be very proud.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 09-09-2008 04:38 AM

whoa !! this is going to be really nice. monster cutter on that router table >grin<

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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