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Stickler

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12-02-2009 10:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak joining arts and crafts

I’m building a replica of a 1904 Stickley Cheval (standing) mirror. I have pictures of examples, but no plans. It’s all pretty straightforward with one exception. The stand for the mirror is a wishbone design. I can’t for the life of me tell how Stickley attached the two legs (per side) together. The figure shows the original piece and three ideas I have for joining the legs. Which would you go with? Or is there something obvious I’m missing. BTW, the top right would be mortised, not a butt joint. The split sides (bottom right) would be biscuited. Only the bottom left would be a straight glue up.

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patron

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 10:33 PM

i would suggest a scarf joint ( google it ) ,
like in the second one ,
but with the legs coming out the side of the top ,
not the bottom of a full center piece .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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bfd

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 10:48 PM

I think the best bet is bottom right. if your stock is thick enough you can cut the shape on the bandsaw and then resaw to get two identical legs that will be bookmatched.

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SnowyRiver

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 11:19 PM

I agree with Brian. I think it would be the strongest using the joint on the lower right.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Brian Havens

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 12:12 AM

Another vote for the bottom right, with the argument that there is plenty of long-grain to long-grain on the glue joint, which means glue alone will be plenty strong. I also like (the other) Brian’s bookmatching idea.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com

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patron

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 02:40 AM

i like the book match idea too ,
was just concerned about the
use of 8/4 stock to curve and resaw ,
if you have the wood ,
it would be the strongest ,
and the nicest to look at .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Stickler

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 10:00 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I decided on the bottom right and have put in an order with Talarico to get the 12/4 qtrd oak stock I need to bookmatch the pieces. Wish me luck—those legs are going to be pricey.

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 10:08 PM

Here is another option.http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24079

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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