|Forum topic by JK1972||posted 02-15-2016 06:29 PM||850 views||1 time favorited||0 replies|
02-15-2016 06:29 PM
I am posting this because I got a lot of good tips on the subject while trying to build some table legs. I hope this helps someone and saves you a lot of time and headache. I would consider myself a novice to intermediate woodworker. I’m trying to start a little side job and had a request to build a table with 4 “X” style legs. After thinking on it and asking for advice, I finally figured it out. Thanks to all those who replied to my call for help. I think I used a little bit of everyone’s advice. Forgive me if this is a little lengthy but I wanted to be as detailed as possible for those who are new to woodworking like me. So here it goes:
4. Wrap the marks for width to the adjacent side. These are your start and stop points. I extended these to a second piece and cut them together. These marks will help you keep get the pieces realigned if you have to cut a little more. Remember, you can always take a little more off so go slow and careful.
9. Once you have the stock lined up, turn on your saw and make the first cut. My second cut was at my stop mark. Then I just nibbled away at the center.
14. Now that you have the angles figured out, how do you determine the actual length to cut your legs so they are the correct height? If you just cut them to the final height, they will be short because they are at an angle. Here’s where my jig/template comes in. I used a square and clamped it between the legs to make sure it was a 45 degree angle, then I screwed the legs together at the joint. Then I found the center of the joint by drawing lines from each point of the joint.
15. Next, measure ½ of your total height from the center of the joint & use a straight edge to mark your legs at the top and bottom. (My height was 33 ¼” so I measured 16 5/8”)
Double check your measurements by measuring from mark to mark on the same side. This should be your final height. (Mine is already cut but this is where your marks should be on your uncut piece)
If it is correct, you can separate the legs and cut them to length. I marked my pieces to make sure I kept them together after cutting. Be sure to cut your angles the correct way. Make sure they will be oriented in the right direction. I even stood mine upright to check them. Leave the legs together when you sand them. I separated mine and they didn’t fit as tight after sanding.