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Blog entry by andyboy posted 1146 days ago 3305 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Check out this leg. I just got asked to turn this leg into small blocks for pencil holders for my daughters school.
The core is who knows what all mangled together then square dressed and veneered. Even the ends are made to look like they are solid glue laminations.
In a way quite clever but a little deceptive. Not quite a “Stickly” leg.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.



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andyboy

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#1 posted 1146 days ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVT6gWUKSGw Here is the link

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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Jahness

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#2 posted 1146 days ago

WOW, I’ve seen some veneer over crap before but that’s down right ugly.

-- John

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 1146 days ago

It’s green to recycle. It’s structurally sound. What’s the problem ?

Just kidding. Eww!

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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William

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#4 posted 1145 days ago

It’s amazing how they build most furniture these days. My son worked for a furniture store last summer. His boss lady asked me to come in one day after my son told her I do wood work. So I went in. Her daughter was doing some kind of project painting ceramics, and had spilled acetone on a $1400 table top. You know what the acetone done to the top. She wanted me to refinish it. I took one look under it and told her that it was beyond my capabilities. I further explained that if it was a solid wood top, I might could fix it, but that I don’t have experience in glued up particle board with veneer overlay.
She got angry. She loudly told me that she didn’t sell crap. She went on to say that every piece of furniture in her store was solid wood.
I in turn, as calmly as I could after she raised her voice at me, invited he to get on her knees. Get ya’ll’s minds out of the gutter! I got down there and showed her what her “solid wood” table was made of.
The only response I got was “Oh”.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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saddletramp

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#5 posted 1145 days ago

LOL. Makes you want to rush right out and buy some new furniture, doesn’t it. ;^)))

William wrote: “invited he to get on her knees. Get ya’ll’s minds out of the gutter!” You know William, I must be getting old, it never even occurred to me until you mentioned it. Who’s minds in the gutter?

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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William

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#6 posted 1145 days ago

Mine usually stays in the gutter. I had to throw that one in there though for comedy, and so that I wouldn’t feel so alone. Welcome to the gutter. Want some coffee? Cooked it over that burning new furniture, so it might have a funny taste to it. That new furniture is made up of more glue than wood, ya know?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 1145 days ago

IMO, there’s not anything wrong with that leg if it’s done right and was not advertized as solid wood. If it was not made into that leg it would have been ground up for mulch which takes a lot of energy, would have been hauled to a landfill which is a total waste, or burned to dispose of it. Those are probably made out of drop from a molding plant. Most of ours is ground up into shavings for either bedding for animals or mulch. We have truckload after truckload hauled away from our plant every month. Why not do something more useful with it that does not take more energy?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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andyboy

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#8 posted 1145 days ago

YEs…love the comments. I too think it is very clever from a waste point of view. The example of the shop keeper after she got on her knees is the kind of people who are hurt when they are told it is solid. The reason the legs came to be off the table was because they were attached with tee nuts that had nothing to grab into. A little more solid at the top and they make a perfectly sound leg

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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William

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#9 posted 1145 days ago

The sad part about it is that this lady and I started going around her shop with me pointing out different pieces of furniture and showing her where to look to be able to see the exposed edges that were giveaways of what the furniture was actually made out of. I couldn’t believe though that this lady actually ran a furniture store and did not already know all of this.
In the end, she was almost in tears. She questioned if anything in her shop was actually solid wood. I looked around. I spied the roll top secretary desk behind the desk she uses for her computer. It looked to be made in the eary 1900s. Yes, it was made out of what appears to be solid oak. Turns out it was passed down to her by her Grandfather.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 1144 days ago

If you have the proper gluing and clamping equipment legs like that can be made to where they are actually stronger than the natural wood. We have the proper equipment to do it but just don’t have the time. If they used T-nuts to hold those legs on then no wonder they fell apart. When we use to mass produce tables we used the proper size hanger bolts and steel corner brackets. Generally lower to medium priced tables need to be knock-down to save on freight. The stock would have to be sized properly before gluing up. You can’t just take random sized pieces and try to glue them up. If done with good glue and equipment they would be plenty strong.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Nighthawk

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#11 posted 909 days ago

Holy crap !!!

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ... http://www.wackywoodworks.co.nz

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andyboy

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#12 posted 909 days ago

What surprised me was when I whacked one of them on the ground. I was able to break the whole leg into 3 . The longest internal parts were only 300mm long and butt jointed.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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