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Forum topic by pashley posted 03-27-2008 02:26 PM 1362 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2008 02:26 PM

If you look at my projects, you’ll see a preponderance of qtr-sawn oak. The issue is that you can only get 2 sides of a piece of the project to be qtr-sawn.

So how about all four sides being qtr-sawn?

I’ve made the legs for the lectern project I’m currently engaged in as such; I mitered 4 pieces of qtr-sawn and glued them together, giving me a 4 sided qtr sawn piece. Looks great. You must, however, be dead-on regarding the 45-degree angles, or you end up with a nightmare; angles MUST be cut at 45.0° and not 45.1°

So now I’m thinking that I might extend this concept onto a future project – such as a mantel clock. It would certainly make for more work, but I can’t help thinking how nice it would turn out.

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 03:26 PM

David Marks did an episode of woodworks several years ago where he built either an ottoman or small mission style table out of qtr sawn white oak. The way he got all four sides to be qtr sawn was to resaw his own veneers and glue them up on the sides that were plain sawn. I think this concept would also work with commercial veneers, as long as they were not paper backed. here is a link to the list of episodes, they are also on

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#2 posted 03-27-2008 03:27 PM

It would look great! You could consider putting quarter sawn veneer on the flat-sawn side.

... oh, Joey and I were posting at the same time. Brilliant idea Joey!

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 04:09 PM

The old Stickley furniture used veneers to cover the flat sawn side, but if you look at the antique pieces, nearly all have cracked veneer. I use the 45 degree miter method and you can also use the lock miter joint. I don’t care to do this joint unless I can do it with a shaper. Also it helps to do it in progressive cuts, to prevent tear out.

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 04:28 PM

Leopold and John George Stickley used a rabetted miter to accomplish this same trick with solid wood. It takes a bit more time to mill up, but it’s easier to glue up. You end up with a leg cross section that looks like this:

Leg Cross Section

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 06:58 PM

Veneer or mitered joint.

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 07:44 PM

I have done lots of 4 sided quarter sawn square parts. If you have a good saw & can rip consistent 45’s that is definatly the easiest & you will use the lest amount of wood. If your 45’s are a little off. or you ocasionaly burn an edge or two plan on ripping slightly oversize parts and clean them up with a 45 deg bit in a router table.
I only use the 45 deg lock miter bit on legs thicker than 2” (such as a bed with 4” sq. legs”) It uses up quite a bit more lumber but makes a very strong leg.


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