The Chronicles of Moby Plank #3: A Leg to Stand On

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 10-09-2008 04:21 AM 13565 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s about time I attack this project with a vengeance, if for no other reason that it will be good to have the commission money to travel to Berea on (Neener!) The most challenging part of a very challenging project has been finding mesquite in quantity and size to work for me. Each leg is 4-1/2” on the square, a modified cabriole leg. I finally scored the lumber about 4 weeks ago, about an hour away. Heck, in Texas, that’s neighbors. Here is the stack:

A Stack of Steel Wood

I didn’t have a band saw that could handle this size stock at the time, so I had to borrow one. The loaner said, “Sure, it will cut 5” mesquite no problem.” It turned out to be a 12” Sears with a semi-sharp blade—it took 45 minutes per cut, two cuts per leg, 4 legs. They came out pretty rough, so I’ve gotten after them with my least favorite tool, the belt sander. Here are a couple more shots of the leg, two sides finished.

Best Foot Forward

Does this remind you of “A Christmas Story?”

A Christmas What?

That’s all for tonight. I need to rest my back from using the dadgum belt sander.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 04:26 AM

Nice Leg- but not as “Fragile”

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 05:03 AM

Good start, even with the substandard tools. Ol’ Gary has quite a pile of those big planks laying around. Keep us posted on the progress.

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 12:21 PM

Hey Tim: Thanks again for the resource. Good stuff!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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