Grand Daughters Crib #4: Routing legs for panels/Beading the legs

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 10-13-2008 02:59 AM 2141 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Addison Rose of Texas is getting closer to needing this( Nov. 4th due date), so I best get with it.

The panels are 3/8 thick so I made a routing template an 1/8 smaller where the panel will set in the leg. I used a collar on the router of 5/8 with a 3/8 router bit. The template was made to rout both panels into the leg at the same time. I routed the legs 5/16 deep for the panels.

Here’s the pictures of the template work and the one of the legs after the routing was finished.



Here’s some pics showing the outside panel in place.



On the outside of the legs I decided I wanted to bead them. Thought about just routing them, but that would not of given the look I was wanting. So I decided to do it the old fashioned way and scrape them in by hand. I decided to go with a 1/4 bead. I already had a 1/4 bead scraper made up, just needed to make a handle that would work to hold it for doing the legs.
Here’s the little old Grandpa working hard on scraping in beads.


I was able to hand scrape most of the legs, except a small area near the top. Here’s how it came out and how much was left of the beading to do by hand.


The rest of the bead work was cut in by hand and here is how that part came out.


I also made some ribs that go inside between the panels. The outside ribs are 1 1/8” thick out of poplar and the one center rib I just made out of some 3/4” plywood on hand. This is just to make the panels a little stiffer in the 30” span between the legs.
I need to get all the parts sanded up good and soon the two outer Leg sections can be glued up.

Hope to see you soon Addy! (but not too soon)
Love Dad/ Grandpa

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

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#1 posted 10-13-2008 03:07 AM

very nice work. How many hours do you have in the bead work so far ? Just wondering how fast it goes. I’ve never tried that technique. What material is the scraper and how often does it need sharpening ?

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#2 posted 10-13-2008 03:14 AM

Very nice Les.

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#3 posted 10-13-2008 03:16 AM

Dan, I use part of an old card scraper that I cut down. I did all four legs without doing anything to scraper. And it goes pretty fast really, except for the 4” radius. it takes a little longer. It took me about an hour and half a leg start to finish I think. Thanks!

Thanks kolwdwrkr!

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

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#4 posted 10-13-2008 04:02 AM

Les, I am enjoying this series. The effort you are putting into this is wonderful. And you are making a piece that will be passed on to other generations.

Keep the posts coming. You still have plenty of time so no need to rush just yet. :)

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#5 posted 10-13-2008 04:23 AM

I hope your right Scott, thanks!

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

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 01:31 PM

Les, nice bead work and great technique. How did you cut the card scraper to the shape you wanted…if you can remember…file maybe?

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#7 posted 10-13-2008 03:35 PM

Little old grandpa looks like he needs a shave! :D Love you dad. We head to the doctor again in the morning so I’ll let you know what we find out. All this made by grandpa’s hands, its going to be so special. We are definitely excited about seeing the final result b/c we know its going to be absolutely beautiful!!

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 07:24 PM

Critterman, I usually grind them with a small wheel on on a grinder. thanks

No time to shave Babe,,,,,to much to do. ;0)

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

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 07:51 PM

Looks to me like the hard part would be where the radius meets the straight at the inside corner. This is why I love woodworking—where the hand work really meets the road (or something.) Great stuff—thanks for posting, Les! Looking for the next installment.

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#10 posted 10-14-2008 06:24 AM


Your craftsmanship is simply astounding. What’s so amazing is your willingness to share such expertise so freely with all of us. (Well, I realize it’s for your daughter, but you’re allowing us to eavesdrop.) It’s so informative to see how you manage all the details.

This is pretty spectacular for your granddaughter. She’s worth it!! But I hope you don’t have the potential for 50 grandkids or you might have to quit your paying clients to satisfy the family!

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