Just for Fun... #31: It ain't Z Z Top...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-02-2010 11:27 AM 1467 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 30: The fun continues... Part 31 of Just for Fun... series Part 32: Lots, and very little... »

...But she’s got Legs!!
Yesterday was a really good day!! My objective for the day, was to put some legs on this small table I’m building… Of course, I have no clue how to do that correctly, but nonetheless I proceeded…
My vision was to have the legs splay out slightly, not only from side to side, but from front to back. First, I checked visually what angle looked appealing, and determined that a conservative 6° was in order… The number, shall be six…
Began by marking a 6° angle on yet another bed slat…Marking at 6°Marked...
Then I brought the pieces to the Scroll Saw which was also tilted to 6° and cut off two of the legs…Saw Table tilted at 6°
Because of the tilts there are right and left sides to these, so to cut the other two I simply reversed the angle and cut them in the same fashion…Reverse marking... for Right and Left
The height of this table I wanted to be 12”, but I added an inch to 13”... I figured, it’s purpose is to be used on the bed and the weight of the thing will sink it into the bed somewhat… There’s also this, it’s a heckuva lot easier to cut them down if they’re too long, then it is to make them longer if they’re too short!!
Anyway, in short order I had the four legs…Something like this...
The next step was to make a method for mounting these on. I have some carriage bolts kicking around I’d like to use for this… but how do I mount them tilted?
In keeping with my personal “Simple is Best” philosophy, I took a scrap from an old Pine bench top that older Brother Steve gave to me… I tilted the Table Saw blade to the ubiquitous 6°, and cut a thin strip. I then straightened it back up to 90°, and cut another. Table Saw cuts for clamping shims
I then taped these two strips together and cut them to length, in this case 2 3/4”...Cutting Shim-style Clamps to length
The result, is four small “sandwiches” of shim-type clamps that will hold the legs hard and fast to the sides of the top…A small sandwich...Will eventually use carriage bolts to attach legs
At this point I just had to clamp it up and take a look… I even tried sitting on it just to see if it would hold up!! Happily, it did…I already sat on it... just to see...
Well, this bit of work had all gone so well and speedily, that I still had time to give these legs some shaping… I simply drew a curious sort of shape on one of them, cut it out on the Scroll Saw, perfected it a little, and then used that one to mark the other three…Legs cut and sanded
I even managed to get the legs all cleaned up and sanded Yesterday… It was a Splendid Day altogether…
I doubt I’ll get a chance to do more Today, but the next step is taking apart the top once again and introducing the pieces to Mr. Jointer… :)Upright

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 12:38 PM

So cool, Mike.
Love the design… lots of room for legs!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 01:48 PM

Hi Mike,
Really nice, she starts to get some curves.
Even I love 6, I would give her a little more angel, unless the goal are to be wet in the bed…
(But only if I’m right when I assume, the legs will be foldable).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 02:12 PM

:-) already start to like it
thanks for the opdate
looking forward to the next installment


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#4 posted 09-02-2010 02:29 PM

looking good mike!!

nice design on the legs :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 02:50 PM

.... and she knows how to use them. Looks really good, Mike. Hope both you and Mr. Jointer have fun.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 03:09 PM

For being clueless, looks good to me.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 03:10 PM

cool !

I even tried sitting on it just to see if it would hold up!!

what exactly is this table serving ?

i thought you are the cook .

might you be sitting in the corner on it at times now ,
with a little chalkboard , LOL ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-02-2010 03:20 PM

Looking good.

Hmmm. I am not sure I want to be there when she meets Mr. Jointer. There might be some stuff flying around.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 03:52 PM

A fitting server for chocolate covered strawberries and champagne!

Beautiful work, Mike!


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

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 06:16 PM

Contour, design, shape, craftmanship, execution and great comments! Nice!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 06:32 PM

Nice legs indeed
After champagne, both may also play a billiard game over.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 12:34 AM

very shapely legs Mike

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 09:13 AM

Looks good, sounds like a good project for a week end!!!

Look forward to seeing it with a finish!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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