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Forum topic by carow posted 547 days ago 902 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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carow

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547 days ago

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

sdc


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 547 days ago

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.

Think can be done, just a real challenge.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 547 days ago

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

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 547 days ago

+1 for The Dane

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#4 posted 547 days ago

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.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 546 days ago

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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