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Project by Jeff Farquhar posted 12-31-2015 03:27 AM 498 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my mom for Christmas and it’s the first table I’ve made from good quality wood (walnut). The top is 17” in diameter and was cut from a glued up panel consisting of three, 6” boards using my circle cutting jig for my router. The post was turned from a 3” X 3” walnut post. I cut the legs from the remaining boards left over from making the top. The total height is 24”. Overall, I was very happy with how it turned out… especially the post. However, attaching the legs (sliding dovetails) to the post proved to be rather difficult for me. Two of them attached at the correct angle but the third was slightly off. It turns out that I cut one of the slots in the post at a bit of an angle. Of course now that’s all I can see. If anyone has plans or ideas for a jig to cut dovetails into a round post it would be very much appreciated.





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#1 posted 12-31-2015 05:16 AM

That’s really nice. Sort of reminds me of something my Dad made years ago. His was oak.

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 06:07 AM

Re: cutting the slots for the dovetail legs. FWW has had more than one article on this. But the basic idea is to make a jig that sits on the lathe, and level the rounds with 3 flats that are then used to mount the legs. It’s not that hard once you make the lathe jig for the router.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 06:17 AM

Issue 67, Nov./Dec. 1987 has an article that details the construction parts of a tripod table.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 03:40 PM

Thanks for the info Chuck. I’ve give it a look.

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