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Forum topic by pete57 posted 01-02-2010 11:12 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pete57

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01-02-2010 11:12 PM

Hello out there, hope the new year brought much happiness to the workshops. I am starting this new table and making a jig for my lathe to cut the 120 degree dovetail joints needed to fit the legs into. I am just wondering if there is any ideas out there on how to cut the Hexacon for the bottom part of the table where the legs connect? This table has 6 sides at the bottom. I am thinking about 30 degrees on the table saw, but kind of stuck there. I think I am starting to understand the photo uploading???

rat foot table

-- Humble Wood Servant


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#1 posted 01-02-2010 11:22 PM

Tablesaw. Set the blade to 30 degrees and make 4 rip cuts is how I would do it.

Green is the fence
Blue is the blank
Red is the blade @ 30 degrees
Black is the final piece.

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 11:23 PM

Hey Pete
Looks like a cool table.Is it that you like the hexagonle look or that you don’t know how to connect the legs to a round shape? Did you mean 12 degree dovetails ?

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 06:29 AM

a1Jim,
I have never made a table like this, just in a dream. I have watched Norm Abram and Roy Underhill for most of my woodworking career. Norm went to Mt Vernon and made a Martha Washington’s tea table with a bird cage and a rotating top. I am trying to make that table but with the hexagon bottom. I am also trying to make the jig that makes the cuts for the sliding dovetail joints for the legs. He uses a router with a jig to make a flat spot on the round table base where the legs connect and then uses the same jig set up with a different template to make the dovetail and I think his is 14 degree. he also has a 14 degree on the router table to cut the angle in the legs.

I have been to your site, I have always wanted to do what you do, but do not know how to make money at it and I was always on the move with the work I did. Great site and keep up the great work. If I am ever out your way I would love to stop in. thanks

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 06:40 AM

hey Pete
looks Like chunk has the angle cut draw very nicely. Just use some scrap and work out the correct distance until you like what you see. I’ve had a class on making a shaker table similar to your table. If you every get close give me a yell.

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 05:31 PM

Anyone know how to use calipers/compass to mark off a hexagon in a 2X2 blank??

thanks for the drawing Chucky and your imput as well Jim.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 05:51 PM

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 08:42 PM

You probably don’t need this advice Pete, but when you rout the sliding dovetails I recommend you use a straight bit first to remove most of the waste in order to get a real clean cut with your dovetail bit. I have made some tables like this, but with a round pedestal. I made a router jig for the dovetail slots. It has an adjustable height chuck for tapered pedestals and different height settings. If you will be making a few of the tables it’s pretty handy to have. That’s really pretty table. Good luck with yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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