Making a Side Table my Own Way #1: Designing

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 07-30-2012 02:40 AM 1798 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many years ago I went to an auction and bought some 14” tall wooden legs. I think I have 14 of them, which is an odd number, but anyway, this is what they look like:

Now, the problem with these legs is that they are round at the top, not square. Most legs have a square section at the top to which one could attach flat boards to be the apron, or skirt. So, for me to make a side table I cannot just nail or screw these legs to a flat apron. PLUS, the fancy rolls at the top would get covered by a traditional apron because they are so near to the top.

Q: How to put four round pegs in a square hole?

A: Who says it has to be square?

I decided to make the table a three legged table with a triangular apron. Let’s add more geometric shapes to the mix, eh?

Now, on top of all that confusion, I had this 20” clock sign that I made and had always wanted to be a table top…

So, if you are still with me, I’m going to have a round table top on a triangular base with 3 legs!

Here’s what I planned out:

Still, the problem exists of how to attach the legs to the side aprons and also how to allow the top two “rolls” part of the leg to show?

How WILL she do it?

Stay tuned for part 2, hopefully tomorrow if I don’t get side-tracked…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 04:13 AM

The best way to extend the leg is to insert a dowel in the center of the leg. Then connect the top portion using the dowel or you can extend rectangular piece so that the arbor can also be morticed. You can also refer to Paul's blog for this joint. The next blog explain how the leg joined together. In your case just a plain dowel will do.
Hope this will help.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 09:50 AM

what bert says…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 01:21 PM

Ahh well, it’s already finished and I’m unconventional, but I do appreciate the suggestion.
I’ll post my solution later today…

-- ~Julie~

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