# Arts and Crafts Library Desk #1: Building Legs, Cutting Mortises

 Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 11-27-2013 08:39 PM 2957 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments
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Well after taking second place at the Portland Woodworking Show with the last project, a cherry trundle bed, it was time to start the next project.

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The current project is a small library desk for my son’s room. He helped in the design phase, choosing corbels over spindles for the sides of the desk. We also have a special white oak board with a bullet lodged in it. Caden decided he wanted to incorporate it into the desk.

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I am fortunate to have a stack of 400 b.f. of white oak to choose my stock from. My first task is to glue up some leg blanks. The finished legs are 2-1/2” square, so I glue up two sets of 3 planks.

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Then I resaw some strips, and plane them to 1/4” thick. They will be used to veneer the legs.

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I rip the planks into two blanks, and plane them down to 2-5/16” wide. Then I use clamping cauls to distribute the pressure as I veneer the blanks. Once dry, I trim the veneers with a flush trimming bit at the router table.

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This is what the legs look like in their rough state. I batch plane the four legs down to 2-1/2” square, which leaves a thin 3/32” veneer. Do the math with me… 2-5/16” + 3/32” +3/32” = 2-1/2”

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Once planed the jointline seems to disappear.
I did all of the planing by hand with an old Stanley plane.
Just kidding. I didn’t do that.

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Four legs complete, with quartersawn figure on all sides.

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Then I mortised the legs to receive the stretchers.

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Next up I will make the stretchers. Hopefully I can plane the board with the bullet without wrecking by planer knives! Maybe I’ll pull out the old hand plane for that.

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