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RussellAP

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342 days ago

I have some one inch sticks from the same tree as this slab that I’m working on for my mother in law. My father in law commissioned it done, but he’s dead now so she want’s me to complete it.

I’m wondering how to attach legs from aprox one inch branches to the under side of this slab in four places.

Any idea’s?

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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 342 days ago

You could drill holes with a forstner bit. Perhaps use a tenon cutter to cut tenons on the branches. Otherwise, they could be turned to fit.

You might come up with a drilling guide to keep the holes at the same angle.

Good luck with it.

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#2 posted 342 days ago

How heavy is that slab?

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Wildwood

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#3 posted 342 days ago

I would be tempted to make an angled skirt on bottom of tablle top to attach legs and add box stretcher near bottom of legs.

If want to drill angled holes in table bottom for legs would still put box stretcher near bottom of legs.

-- Bill

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 342 days ago

Lumberjoe, the slab is 40 years old and very dry, I’d say it’s only about 25lbs if that much.
Here are the sticks I have to work with for the legs.

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 342 days ago

pintodeluxe, I don’t know how I’d get the leg to fit a hole. if I could turn the leg I could put a tenon on it, but there has to be an easier way.

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 342 days ago

Wildwood, I don’t think a box stretcher would work for the sticks I’m using.

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redSLED

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#7 posted 342 days ago

Stick leg ideas for you . . .

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Wildwood

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#8 posted 341 days ago

Russell if had seen that pile of sticks would not have wasted my time responding to your post.

I would lie to mother-in-law saying I broke too many sticks trying to build set of legs. Then simply turn legs & stretchers from stronger wood.

-- Bill

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 341 days ago

You don’t need to turn them, look for a tenon cutter.

Like Bill said, that pile of sticks isn’t even firewood. Those would go out on Wednesday in lawn and leaf bags. Without stretchers or some kind of apron, it would rack itself over in a gentle breeze.

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#10 posted 341 days ago

Use a hole saw of appropriate size to make the tenon you want. Use a forstner bit of appropriate size to make the mortice.
try to make the tenon just a bit larger than the mortice. Force and cut, force and cut.. you’ll soon have a good fit.

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 341 days ago

I worked with another concept today and I like it.

Small legs, with some style made from solid cherry.

What do you think?

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Wildwood

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#12 posted 341 days ago

I like it, would like it more with stretchers. You really needed more especially thicker sticks to work with.

-- Bill

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