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missesalot

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09-07-2015 01:45 PM

A few years back I made a simple side table from scrap in the shop, it was meant to go into the kids playhouse but ended up sticking around and has been one of the most used pieces in the house due to its size and weight making it easy to move around for use in many places and purposes.

Wife has asked for a few in Walnut pretty much the same size to match the other walnut stuff in the place. I’ve glued up a 3/4” top 19×22”, again utilizing walnut scrap in the shop. Is there a rule of thumb for leg dimensions based on top dimensions? This is a similar example of what she’s looking for. Is it lame to glue up boards to make legs? I have a ton of 7/8” black walnut.


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#1 posted 09-07-2015 02:31 PM

Hey Misses, I would think there is a golden rule on size proportions somewhere, but if you like the look of what you are doing, who cares what others think.

As long as you have a good solid glue up, do it. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 02:40 PM

Hey Misses, if you want to see a table that’s is completely different than what’s been seen, go to woodturnersunlimited, click on “other woodworking projects”, then click on this thread, “End table with drawer
Attachment(s) by Ben Grant » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:09 am ”. it’s definitely different…....... ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 02:52 PM

That table by Ben is awesome. The goal with ours to make it as light as possible, so no drawer this time. just looking for guidelines for the leg and apron dimensions.

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 12:04 AM

This is the top that’s going on the legs

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 12:16 AM

if you are afraid gluing up boards to make the legs would look ‘off’, you can always make it look intentional by gluing a thin contrasting wood in between the walnut pieces thus instead of trying to hide it – try to show it off as a feature. while at it – use the same secondary specie for an accent in the top either as a thin inlay all around, or some inlay on the top itself tying it all together.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-08-2015 12:23 PM

I have never tried that but i love the way that looks, I have though about offsetting some of this flatsawn walnut with some quarter sawn oak or maple. We have red oak flooring, the old real narrow stuff but figured it would be cool to add some of that into the walnut work to tie it together. Maybe a racing stripe of oak for a longer coffee table.

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 01:12 PM

Maybe add a bit of taper to the lower area of the legs. 2 tapered sides to each leg. Might lighten the look of the leg a bit.
Just my thoughts.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 11:47 PM

I made up some legs, they look like shit. They’re small and spindly,1 1/4×1 1/2, I think I need to make them bigger. Might pocket hole the base together and see how it looks with no glue. Bahh

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#9 posted 09-09-2015 02:12 AM

It is very rare that i incorporate legs that have not been glued up, regardless of size.
JB

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#10 posted 09-09-2015 12:58 PM

thanks cabmaker, i’m relatively a rookie so I guess i’m just working through preconceived notions. Design is where i struggle the most because i feel like there is some formula out there for proportions but I guess making firewood is part of it sometimes:-)

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