A Shaker Table Project, part #1....Legs

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-05-2015 04:53 AM 1001 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Well, went out to Lowes today, and spent just over a $20 bill. Brought home five boards. Going to try to build a Shaker Table, hopefully with a drawer in it. The wood supply?

A 2×4x8’ two 1×6x8’, and a couple 1×8 x~ 3’ I do have some scraps of pine down in the Dungeon Shop, too.

Figured out I needed four legs @ 1-1/2×1-1/2×30”, and took the 2×4 down the steps to the Dungeon…

Placed to board across both benches. and clamped the far end down tight, for now. Combo square was set to match the thickness of the 2x. Drew two lines right down the middle, and marked out the 30” marks+ saw kerf

Now, overhead is a pipeline, so I hung the cord to the saw over that, to keep the cord from cutting cut. Ran the saw the length of the lines marked.

Then crosscut the blanks out. Was too worried about how perfect the rip cut was. Tried to get close to the center. To keep from cutting a line into my benchtop, a piece of scrap was set up.

You can see it sticking up out of the vise, along with the four blanks. None of which were square, yet. But
“We have ways..”

About 24” long Stanley #31 Jointer plane. Made a LOT of shavings. Also used a slightly shorter Try Plane (22”) and a Sargent #414 Jack plane.

Ok, That’s done, Had to spend a bit of time clearing all the junk off the lathe bench, try and find a few lathe tools, and hope the drive belt doesn’t break. Belt is almost 40 years old, afterall. Combo square to mark the centers on each end. I just stood each end up in the vise. Used the drive center from the lathe to make both a mark for the end, and to drive the drive center into the other end. Had to watch out, didn’t want too big of knots where I was going to be cutting.

Now, this lathe cost $90 when i bought it at Sears, back in the early 80s. Drive belt is fraying a bit. A small screwdriver act as a gaershift, I tighten up the belt, and away we go

Only used three tools, a 1” wide skew, a 1” roughing Gouge, and a parting tool. Used just 1st gear out of five. Turned the first half, starting 7” down from the “top”, get that all roundy, and sanded smooth, slide things down and complete the leg. It has a very slight taper from the middle down to the toe. About 20 minutes per leg. ( I HATE KNOTS!)

Take it off the lathe, and do the next one. After awhile, all four show up.

I even tried to stand them up

Note: I am using the same tape measure throughout this project, and the same combo square. That way, measurements don’t go squirrelly on me…

Stay tuned, might have part two in a day or so…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 05:10 AM

Your drive to be productive is inspiring….

Sooo, through mortise & tenon….
sliding dove tail….
tongue & groove….
I know it won’t be pocket holes!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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