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Thorsen Table contest #4: what so many legs you have

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Blog entry by scottb posted 2655 days ago 875 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a slight mishap today when I went to mill the legs down so they'd be the proper width after applying a "veneer" edge, I accidentally cut all the pieces! I should have left the those at the final width, I got a little carried away.

A little creative thinking and milling a few more pieces out of the remaining door stock, and I'll have legs that will ultimately be a mere 3/16ths skinnier, but and I'm able to proceed using only this reclaimed door lumber. I've thought the inspiration piece was a little "blockier" than needed to be (and therefore a bit bigger in scale than it really is), so this slight adjustment will suit my piece just fine, and probably go unnoticed otherwise.

Initially I thought I'd get almost two tables out of the door, now It's looking like there won't be much (useful) leftover bits of wood (I'll surely keep the scrap and make something else with it, eventually, but that's another blog.) If not for the peg holes in the door I'd have been able to get my quartersawn veneers out of much less stock, as it is I've milles about 12 "legs" - there are 4 more matching pieces (with a subtle grain variation) that are slated to be part of the top.

I remembered a glue up technique I read about, where you glue on a thicker piece of wood, and then rip it down to the final width later - this is what I'm doing, rather than try to rip 1/16th inch veneer strips and attach those. Thereby doing the glue up all at once (well actually need to put one more edge on the left most piece (so another glue up is in order - two sure beats eight!

Check out the new parallel clamps! Bet you can't guess where they came from ;) -- After the glue dries, I'll be turning this big "mono-block O'leg" into 4 "quartersawn" legs!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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Karson

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#1 posted 2655 days ago

I guess Bessy on the clamps. At least that’s where they started out. I like the handles on those better than the Bessy. My hand slips on the Bessy Clamps.

Good looking legs MAN.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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gizmodyne

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#2 posted 2655 days ago

I think what you are saying is that you applied a veneer and then tried to cut the legs? But then you cut them too narrow?

You can also use a flush trim bit to do this task. The original stock is the finish thickness and then use them to guide the veneer cuts with a berring bit.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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scottb

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#3 posted 2655 days ago

nope, I hadn’t applied the veneer yet. My legs were 1 1/4 square, but to account for the veneer thickness (and still have square legs) I had to take them down a bit more, on one dimension (does that make more sense?)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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scottb

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#4 posted 2655 days ago

Ding ding dind… Bessy did make them clamps… you can still see the tags (and price stickers) on em. They’re very nice, and SO much easier than fighting with the Irwin clamps I’ve made do with all this time.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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gizmodyne

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#5 posted 2655 days ago

Yes. I get it. I did the same thing once to make a set of 1/4 sawn veneer legs.

Anyway .. the flush trim bit does the trick when the time comes to trim.

Looking good. Interesting project too.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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scottb

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#6 posted 2655 days ago

Thanks giz, I know what you mean (I’ll be getting my router -finally- this weekend!)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture with words is worth… more.

I just added the third photo, probably explains my plan much better that my wordy attempt.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 2654 days ago

It looks to me like you are headed in the right direction. Keep up the great work.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2654 days ago

Keep it coming Scott, I like your clamps. If didn’t have all the pipe clamps I have now, thats the kind I’d buy, smart choice Scott.
When I did welding on my job, I discovered Bessey also made the best welding clamps.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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RobS

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#9 posted 2654 days ago

“Waste” is such a negative term, I’ll bet you’ll save those pieces with the holes for something….. Thanks for the update, it’s nice to follow along from a distance.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Ethan Sincox

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#10 posted 2654 days ago

Maybe really large pegs?

How much salvaged ebony do you have, Scott? :)

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Karson

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#11 posted 2654 days ago

There were only 2 doors in the houise made out Ebony. So not a lot I guess.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#12 posted 2654 days ago

Did I say waste, I suppose I shoulda said scrap (Yes I will be keeping those, you already knew that)

how much ebony do I have? I have this 4” +/- sculpture from Hawaii – was a house sitting gift from a now divorced couple… I might do something with that to change it’s “presence”. Beautiful black and darkbrown swirls

I also have a 6-8” carving of a lion (tiger, panther or some such) that my uncle brought back from his world travels, that is all black, with Ivory teeth, definately NOT scrap.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Ethan Sincox

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#13 posted 2654 days ago

No… but with a little ingenuity (and a lot of brute force), you could probably still pound them into the holes in those legs.

;)

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Obi

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#14 posted 2654 days ago

O.K. enough of the blabbin, I want more pictures

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scottb

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#15 posted 2654 days ago

just need a dophin shaped hollow chisel mortising bit ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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