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Farmhouse Table w_Buffet #2: Legs for the Table

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-15-2015 11:49 PM 2314 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Concept Part 2 of Farmhouse Table w_Buffet series Part 3: Table Aprons »

The on-line build instructions call for all-pocket-screw construction of the table frame as well as the tabletop. I didn’t think that type of joinery was the best option, especially for matching legs to aprons. Not enough resistance to racking. And I can joint and glue up a top without pocket screws as well. Finally, there’s the practical matter of not owning a pocket hole system and not wanting to buy one. So right away I decided to go with M&T joints at the corners and glue for the tops.

Another feature of the on-line build was pre-turned legs from Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse. The first time I went to check out those legs for the table portion of the quote, my local store had exactlyone of them in stock. More importantly, it was rather spindly looking compared to the one in the on-line pictures. Pretty wide grain lines, too. Those would do fine for the buffet side board, but they didn’t strikeme as being optimal for a 3’ x 6’ table, so I started looking for options.

I have a set of vintage table legs from a take-down several years ago; they’re 3” and beefy, more like the inspiration piece, and tight-grained walnut.

For them to work in this build, a straightforward mod was needed. I took some pics of the process:

Once off the lathe, each leg get the range of sanding grits and rasps as required to make all transitions disappear in look and feel. Very pleased with the outcome. So with the table legs now ready to go, I picked up a set of four for the buffet at a second nearby store and was set to go. The new and old blend incredibly well, I must say (maybe a side by side later, sorry). That’s all for legs, then, so until next time thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 12:13 AM

Going with M&T—good man!

And nice legs by the way! (I wonder if ZZ Top had these in mind when they wrote the song…...?!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 12:17 AM

I bet they did! Bunch of jointers, those guys!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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bhog

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 12:34 AM

Nice work Smitt.

Don’t forget, you have friends close by that have a Kreg, and all kinds of other toys ;)

I really enjoy reading your blogs. I don’t always come on and comment but I always read the emails- lol.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 12:36 AM

Thanks, Hog!

Invitation is always open when you’re up here in the northern parts of God’s Country (SoIL)!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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bhog

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#5 posted 04-16-2015 01:03 AM

I actually went to Kunz today and picked up some material for a couple jobs. I keep forgetting or am in a rush. I will come visit one day, I promise.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 02:05 AM

Looking good, nice start and M&T is a smart choice, going to be doing some myself for another Shaker Side Table.

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 05:01 AM

Smitty has a board stretcher! Nice turning on those legs. You knew you’d use ‘em someday!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 09:17 AM

Off to a good start.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 10:47 AM

Another Smitty adventure begins !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 01:42 PM

Gotta love the reclaimed legs!
Especially when it’s walnut.
Thanks for the photos, Smitty!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 04-16-2015 05:11 PM

Off to the races.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 04-16-2015 09:39 PM

Atta boy Smitty. You are cruising.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#13 posted 04-19-2015 08:11 PM

Lovely legs.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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