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Mcpowell

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03-04-2016 05:05 PM

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Hello, it’s my first post, so please go easy on me.

I would like to make a table similar to the one below, from solid walnut. I have the rough lumber already cut and dried in 8/4. I think I have a good plan for the top, but the joining of those curved legs has me scratching.

My thoughts:
1) Would glue be enough to hold the legs together? Specifically, where the two legs meet in the vertical, straight line.
2) Or…should I use dowels?
3) I’m not sure I could pull off a mortise and tenon. I have a Leigh D4R Pro jig, but the 8/4 thickness is too much for it (I think).
4) Would some sort of sliding dovetail work? Something I could manage with a table saw?

Thank you in advance for any ideas.

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 06:19 PM

Glue would be fine if with the curve you can clamp it well enough, with that said, I would use dowels also just to be safe, they would not be that hard, so dowels and glue edge for the legs. Nice design.

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 10:41 PM

Mcpowell, I have found dowels to be finicky to align. You might consider using a spline between the two pieces. However, I think that glue would be sufficient if the pieces fit together well and you can adequately clamp them. FWIW

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 11:28 PM

Glue will be stronger than the surrounding wood, it’s been proven over and over; so just glue will be fine.

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 11:28 PM

I’d say glue is fine, then mortise them into the horizontal feet pieces… maybe with a breadboard end to allow for expansion.

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 01:35 AM

Glue. Curved clamping cauls.

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#6 posted 03-07-2016 12:40 AM

Thank you for the advice. I have a couple of months before I start this project, but I like to cipher on them before I get rolling and then come screeching to a halt. I hadn’t thought about the curved cauls I will need. I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

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#7 posted 03-07-2016 01:01 AM

I think Art hit the easiest and best method to go with a spline, it’d never really be visible under the table and you could groove both sides with a router bit and then fit the spline to the groove, + side you’d have a lot a support in the joint while you’ve got in in clamps. There is also a timber screw & plug thought that could do the trick, but it’s lacking panache! LOL

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 05:27 AM

+1 for the spline, ... because it is easy and invisible. But … I see butterfly keys on the table top, you might consider a couple of these to repeat the pattern even though they would probably not be necessary from a structural point of view. But with that stretcher in there, it might look a little cluttered.

Really a pretty piece, are you going to have to take a second on the house to finance the wood?

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 05:48 AM

I really like this table and more importantly, so does the boss. Could I ask where the design came from?

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#10 posted 03-08-2016 10:09 AM

Glue should be fine. I really like the design.

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Mcpowell

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 12:36 PM



I really like this table and more importantly, so does the boss. Could I ask where the design came from?

- Ub1chris

I found it when I googled “live edge table”. Harden manufactures it.

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Mcpowell

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 12:57 PM


+1 for the spline, ... because it is easy and invisible. But … I see butterfly keys on the table top, you might consider a couple of these to repeat the pattern even though they would probably not be necessary from a structural point of view. But with that stretcher in there, it might look a little cluttered.

Really a pretty piece, are you going to have to take a second on the house to finance the wood?

- drcodfish

Dr. C,
The wood is the best part of the story. About two years ago I was scrounging Craigslist for any walnut I could find, with little success. One day my mother was talking to my daughter about ancestral dining sets (spoons mostly). I was so bored I went for a walk and found 2 walnut trees just off the edge of my mothers property. I had lived the first 23 years of my life there, but never noticed the trees. My parents have lived there since 1950. I suspect the trees were about 80 years old. They were both 20+ inches at chest height and about 35’-40’ tall before the first branch. The area was planned for development, so they weren’t going to last much longer. I got permission from the landowner, and my brother and I harvested them, and had them cut into lumber.

It’s air dried now and ready to be made into a table.

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Mcpowell

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#13 posted 08-18-2017 02:42 AM

Just a follow up to show my finished table. Overall I was very pleased with it. It’s heavy! I designed it so that 8 bolts hold the table to the legs. It’s too wide to go thru doorways when assembled.

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#14 posted 08-18-2017 03:12 AM

Nice.

Can you show a pic of how you bolted it?

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Mcpowell

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#15 posted 08-18-2017 11:56 AM

This is an upside down pic of the assembled table. We disassembled it to move it. Also, the finish was wet here.

The metal supports are u-channels with slots (to allow for wood movement). All bolts screw into metal inserts.

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