|Project by Bearpaw||posted 04-10-2015 02:59 AM||950 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I was given 2 pieces of 2” x 6” x 16’ very nice red oak. I did not have a project in mind, but free wood is free wood.
I started looking at the condition of the podiums in my Sunday School class and saw a project. The project was a simple enough, but I wanted all of the joints to look nice and clean with good lines. So how to do I attach the desk top to the uprights at an angle? I could have attached the top to the legs with screws, but I was concern that the large top would warp or break. It needed a brace. How about using a saddle joint? This is something I had never made and this one was at an angle.
The making of the saddle joint is what i wanted to show more than the finished project.
After I cut my legs to length and at an angle I layed out the area for the saddle joint. With double face tape I attached a piece of clear plastic to the bottom of my skil saw. This would let me run the saw over the narrow end of the leg and be able to see where the blade was cutting. I hogged out most of the wood with the skil saw. See pictures 5 and 6.
I next used my my router with a straight bit to clean up the joint. I am still working on a narrow edge of the leg where I have very little surface to hold the router level and in complete control. So now I have to make another attachment to do that. I attached a piece of clear plastic to the router base with an adjustable fence
This is where you have to be very careful. I marked the top of the guide with the direction for cutting. You have to pull it toward you or it will go flying to the other side of the shop. The adjustable fence allowed me to control the cut for a perfect fit.
I only used one of the pieces of the red oak for the podium base, legs and brace. I had some 1” x 8” red oak for the top. I finished it with stain and spray lacquer.
Everyone that saw it liked it. So well that I am now using the other piece to make another one.
-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin