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

 Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 11-27-2013 08:39 PM 1593 reads 3 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.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

## 9 comments so far

 Luke259 posts in 1434 days #1 posted 11-27-2013 10:33 PM Nice! Looking forward to watching the build progress! A little jealous of the 400bf comment. sras3936 posts in 1876 days #2 posted 11-27-2013 10:51 PM Looks like another great build! Congrats on the award! -- Steve - Impatience is Expensive pintodeluxe3554 posts in 1560 days #3 posted 11-27-2013 11:46 PM Thanks guys. It is off to a quick start. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going next week. -- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush AandCstyle1474 posts in 1004 days #4 posted 11-28-2013 12:37 AM Willie, I noticed the stealth gloat about the second place award. Well done! This looks like it will be another great project. Have a great Thanksgiving. -- Art pintodeluxe3554 posts in 1560 days #5 posted 11-28-2013 12:56 AM Thanks Art. I think my son was just happy to have his bed back! -- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush sb194180 posts in 1765 days #6 posted 11-28-2013 03:17 AM Willie, I am always impressed by your projects. They are well designed and masterfully crafted. Can’t wait to see it done. Sean stefang13632 posts in 2081 days #7 posted 11-28-2013 02:11 PM Congrats on your 2nd place at the Portland show. Very impressive as there are a lot of highly skilled woodworkers from that area, including yourself of course. Your Sons desk is a great design, corbels and all. I love how you did those legs. I have made some square legs with four mitered pieces plus a center piece, They came out very nice, but I think your way better is more straight forward and it looks wonderful too. My next project will be using some large laminated pieces and I now plan to use your method, so I am very appreciative of you sharing it with us. -- Mike, an American living in Norway. pintodeluxe3554 posts in 1560 days #8 posted 11-28-2013 06:42 PM Mike,I have tried the miter method, locking miters, and thin veneers. I used locking miters for the legs on the bed. This made hollow legs which was helpful for hiding the wiring and transformer. I think each technique has its place, but I tend to use thin veneers most often. Once you get into 4×4” legs or larger, the locking miter becomes more attractive to save material. Once the edges are eased, the veneer method looks just as good as the others. Thanks -- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush BigRedKnothead5793 posts in 729 days #9 posted 11-30-2013 04:53 AM Good stuff Willie. Nice to match a face with the name. Never mind the old stanley. You need an LN;) Congrats on the award at the show. -- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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