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Forum topic by carow posted 01-21-2013 11:07 AM 1382 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2013 11:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood turning table celtic knot question

hey guys,
i am about to make a new dining room table. i am considering making the table legs on a lathe and turning a celtic knot in them. i am concerned that this may weaken the legs. has anyone seen this done on a table, or is this a bad idea? thanks


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#1 posted 01-21-2013 12:25 PM

Have seen Celtic knots on pens, rolling pins, lamps, walking sticks, but never dining table legs. Plenty of Celtic knot inlay tabletops, and carved legs.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 11:24 PM

If you use good quality glue, the glue joints will be stronger than the wood.


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#3 posted 01-22-2013 01:51 AM

+1 for The Dane

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 02:05 AM

I think a lot of the Celtic knot techniques involve gluing end grain to end grain. In that case I would not think that would be good for table legs unless you reinforce them some how, like running a dowel through the center.

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 04:21 PM

unless you box the knot in the cuts are diagonal I believe there are lots of variations. for the horizontals you could cut just deep enough to have the detail remain after turning that would retain the integrity of the leg without end grain glueing.

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