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Project by Mark Smith posted 10-31-2012 03:15 AM 1868 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These table legs are made from fine white oak. As you can see in the photograph the wood varies in color from white to dark, but the dark porition is not as dark as the photograph makes it look. Because of the dark pieces this set of legs would probably look best with a darker stain.

The legs feature a sqaured top with pre-cut mortise, a rope spiral with 3 starts, and a contour tapered bottom. These legs have a 3” diameter and are 32” long and were cut on a CNC lathe. The bottom 4” of each leg is a straight 1 3/4” diameter round section that is designed for you to cut to the desired length. A 32” leg would mean the table top would be 33” or more inches which is tall for a kitchen table. So these legs can be easily cut down to 28” to make a 29” table.

The top sqaure portion of each leg is 3” wide by 4” tall. I have also cut 1/2” wide by 2 1/2” long by 3/4” deep mortises on two 90 degree sides of each leg. You can attach up to a 4” wide rail with a tenon you cut.

www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com





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#1 posted 10-31-2012 11:37 AM

Mark,

These legs look really nice.

I don’t mean to be rude, but this forum is a “no sell” type of area – there are many other websites and forums out there to market your products.

This site is to show off and share your work with others as well as ask and give advice to others.

I would love to know how you made these! Did you do the spiral with a router?

Keep up the great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Mark Smith

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 02:42 PM

No sell? Sorry, I guess I missed that part. I edited the description to take the for sale part out.

The spiral was done on a CNC lathe.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 02:54 PM

Wow, the CNC can really do a fantastic job!

I have a CNC, but only a three axis – now I kind of wish I paid the extra for the fourth!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 03:12 PM

The machine I bought actually has 5 axis. The 5th axis is the ability to raise the turned work at an angle. On mine that part is manual, but it allows you to do perfect tapers. You can even put the spiral on a tapered leg, instead of on the straight portion as I did here. The photo below shows some spirals on tapers that I did on some scrap wood just practicing.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 03:16 PM

This photo is a couple of other practice pieces I did. The item on the left shows what it looks like if you run the spirals in two different directions. It makes the diamond pattern. The top portion of hat piece is called a Barely twist. It’s pretty amazing what these new fangled machines can do.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 03:20 PM

Truly amazing work!

I wonder if I can convince the wife again to …....... NAH…... ;-)

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 04:41 PM

Although the CNC I bought they claim can be used for just the hobbyist, I would have had a really hard time jusitfying it for just use around the house. How many tables and wood carvings can you put in one house? The thing cost more than a new car so if you get one you really need to intend to try and make money with it. I know there are hobbyist that have them, but those are people with way more extra money than me. Hopefully I can eventually make enough money to pay for the thing.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 03:16 AM

Sears used to make an inexpensive device that would make twist designs on a lathe using a router. Does anyone know what it was and if it is still made ?

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 04:38 AM

I’ve never seen one at Sears, but the company I bought my CNC from used to make a device called the Ornamental Mill. I don’t know if they still make it or not, when I was at the factory all I saw was CNC’s. Anyway the Ornamental Mill was a manual lathe type of device that used a router as a cutter. It could do spirals as well as most anything my CNC lathe can do, it’s just all manual instead of computer controlled.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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