The leg sets are made from full 1 inch stock. The lumber was sawed into 5/4 slabs, 10 feet long and widths around 20 inches to 16 inches. There were a few 12/4 slabs but were limb pieces.
What I did to make the leg sets were to joint and plane the stock to 1 inch and glue up the pieces to make the 4×4 and 4×6 pieces. I was not pleased with the look of the glued up pieces so I trimmed the pieces to be 3 inch wide. I then picked out pieces of lumber that had grain patterns matching the quartersawn pieces and glued these to the sides of the parts. This gives the look of quartersawn grain pattern on all sides. The only place I couldn’t do this was on the rounded areas of the lower horizontal parts.
I was worried that the client would find these area unacceptable. She and her husband came over this Monday afternoon and was very pleased with the progress and made a positive comment about the endgrain showing in these rounded areas.
This past weekend I did get a lot of planing done on the table top parts. Even though these were the most beautiful quartersawn lumber,
there were places that were, for lack of better terms, undulating. I did get these planed to 7/8 inch thick. Some of the piece have areas that didn’t get planed but these will be under the table top. You can see these areas on the piece leaning against the buffet. For the areas that really got too thin (under or close to 3/4 inch thick), I plan on making Dutchman inserts to beef up the wood. I practiced this on the stretcher. Worked out really well. First time I used my router inlay/insert kit.
Here is a photo of the boards stickered and my dining room. I put them in here to help maintain a humidity level that is pretty low. It’s 95 degrees outside with a relative humidity getting close to 90%. Muggy!! My wife loves me. She must to allow me to stack lumber in the dining room along with her fine chinia.
I went out the climate controlled storeroom I have rented and picked up 3 more boards to plane. I want to plane these boards just in case I have problems on the table top construction. I will have to break down my planing stand that I have built just to plane these monster boards to do the jointing and glue up. I did promise to blog on the planing of the board later. I will take some photos of the stand and how I joint these boards without a 12 inch jointer. Stay tuned.
-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.