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MAKING A LAMINATED LEG

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Project by kiefer posted 04-04-2011 03:10 AM 2959 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my way of making table legs for tables of all kinds that are made from inexpensive plywood the I cut to rough size and then run thru my thickness planer as plywood tends to vary in thickness .
The glue up is done in stages and all mortises are laid out before glue up .I wrap pieces of plywood that are slightly thinner then the lamination strips with thin packing tape and use them as spacers during glue up for the mortises .I also include the two outside layers of 1/4 ” hardwood facing and backing material for the clamps in the glue up .
After the first glue up I trim the lamination on the table saw and glue on the last two layers of solid making sure I make the locations of the mortises which will get routed out .
I like this fairly quick system for larger size legs as they won’t twist and saves time on cutting mortises and tenons
and also gives a better appearance to the leg as no edge grain shows .
I have done this for some time now and haven’t had a failure and even used this method for bed posts and newel posts on stair railings and saved a lot of money in the process .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos





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#1 posted 04-04-2011 03:14 AM

Interesting way to go

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 03:43 AM

Seems like a lot more work just keeping specific areas clean from glue. I’m going to have to try it and see if i’m wrong. Why the plywood instead of all solid lumber?

-- John

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 03:49 AM

KEEPING THE GLUE OUT OF THE MORTISE SLOT MAKES THE INSERTION OF THE TENNON EASIER AND USING PLYWOOD AS A CORE MAKES IT MORE ECONOMICAL TO BUILD !

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 04:14 AM

Kiefer, I understand about keeping the glue out of the mortise, but, WHY ARE YOU YELLING???

-- John

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 04:27 AM

Hey Kiefer yell all you want.. most of us are over 50 anyways… lol :P

-- If i'd a knowed you coulda goed I'd a seen you gotta went

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kiefer

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 04:38 AM

WHAT IS BUGGING YOU JAHNESS ?
I AM JUST SHARING IDEAS THAT I HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE
I HOPE SOME PEOPLE LIKE MY IDEAS AND GAIN FROM THEM

KIEFER

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 04:47 AM

Oh, so you only want to hear from people that tickle your ear and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Well, as long as you have the right to post your opinion, so do I. I personally was not out to attack you but for some reason you feel threatened. If you missunderstood my words or intentions, that’s on you. You’ll have to grow up one day and realize that not everyone is going to look at things the way you do nor the way you want them to. stay warm and well fed.

John

-- John

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 05:07 AM

kiefer

Having everything in all cap. letters and having the bold on is how you yell on the internet. I think that is what Jahness is talking about.

As for your idea I’ve never seen it done like this before. If the ocasion arises I’ll have to try it.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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kiefer

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 05:12 AM

IF THAT IS WHAT IS BUGGING HIM THATS OK AND I AM SORRY
BUT I JUST THINK IT IS EASIER TO READ IN BOLD AND UPPER CASE LETTERS !
I AM OLDER AND HAVE TO WEAR GLASSES AND IT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER FOR ME

COMMENTS PLAESE !

THANKS KIEFER

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 05:26 AM

Kiefer,
This is a first for me. Thanks for the idea. I don’t know if I will ever use it, but it would be something to keep in mind. I think in a production shop it would cost more to make M & T joinery like you have done. I am not a production shop and I think I would consider something like this, if I was building out of a rare lumber. If you couldn’t get/afford the lumber, I could see how it would make sense.

-- Mel,

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kiefer

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 05:41 AM

yes i have made several doors and other prodcts with the same system and i does work very well
in a production shop with good equippment this could also work very well
the other benefit is appearence as some laminations can look like zebras when done

thanks for your comments

kiefer

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 02:02 PM

Great idea kiefer. In my area I have yet to find a source of hardwood ( well anything other than construction softwood ) in anything thicker than 1 inch. And so far i just can’t swallow the cost + shipping of ordering wood.

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#13 posted 07-23-2016 02:34 PM

Great work!

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#14 posted 07-23-2016 05:51 PM

It sure as heck is strong enough. I’ve built beams onsite for trusses to sit on in this manner.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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