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Jeremydg

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08-30-2016 04:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question joining rustic modern

Hey everyone,

I’m working on a project for a client and I’m running into a little bit of a wall. I’m trying to make a bench that will primarily be used for seating with cylindrical legs that splay out a few degrees, like this:

My first thought was to attach a block that was about 1” thick to the underside of the bench top, drill holes about 3/4” into the blocks at about 15 degrees, then glue the legs in. I went ahead and built it that way, tested it out, the block started cracking between the two legs (not right away, but it wouldn’t hold up to normal use, I’m sure).

I can’t seem to find an ideal way to do this after pretty extensive searching. Is this just a design that’s not really going to work without some major changes? Or do any of you know a common way of doing this off the top of your head?

Most of my work up to this point has been focused on cabinets and other things that are all pretty square. This whole angle/circle thing seems to be throwing me for a loop.

Thanks a lot for any help you can give!


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#1 posted 08-30-2016 10:08 PM

I would think that the same method as used by Windsor chair makers would work, try this you tube

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 11:13 PM



I would think that the same method as used by Windsor chair makers would work, try this you tube

- ChefHDAN

This is perfect. Thanks!

I also found Christopher Schwarz’s book to be helpful after a recommendation on another forum (if anyone has a similar question in the future).

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