Recently I was requested to produce a couple of small tables for our church, not tables you would sit at but small tables to add a vase of flowers to elevate them of the ground 200mm high.
This did create a problem because of the size of the various pieces I would require to produce in the construction. I needed to keep Safety as a high priority.
The centre column was made up from six pieces of material at an angle of 60 degrees to form a hexagon.
The three legs were produced from material 120mm long amd 90mm wide.
Then came the decision as to what joint I would use to construct the tables. Alternative joints for consideration were the simple Biscuit joint, or dowelling, or maybe mortice and tenon. That selection required some form of clamping arrangement which we all know is a problem when we do not have an edge to attach the clamp to. So the only other consideration was to insert sliding dovetails and that was what i did.
There was also a small design factor on both sides of the leg to be considered.
All the processes were carried out with the router mainly in the plunge mode and certainly template guides were used.
When giving demonstrations at our local wood how in 2008 I presented a number of video presentations, and the making of the column and a larger leg (the small table leg was only the top section of the leg I had presented) are available for viewing on You Tube. I must try and master posting them here.
Look under routing with Tom O’Donnell
-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"