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02-09-2009 10:10 PM

Greeting all. Just joined Lumber Jocks. I am an armature woodworker and make lots of fire wood. Anyway I am stepping it up a bit in building two night stands for my daughter.

A few of my question are:
LEGS
1. The legs are 1 1/2 square then tapered. I am going to have to glue two boards (3/4) together. Is it better to glue wide boards then rip them down to an 1 1/2 or glue 4 separate pairs let say 1 3/4 and then trim them to size? What’s the better glue up, wide boards then cut to size or individual pieces?
2. Should I plane the leg stock down to 3/4, or should I leave some stock and use my planer to plane down the glued pieces to 1 1/2 square?

TOP
My boards are 10” wide and I am in the process in making a planer sled so I don’t have to rip them down to 6” for my jointer. I want to have the top to have minimal glue up pieces.

I hope some of you can make out what I am asking. Thanks…

The lumber is rough sawn soft maple. I have a 6 in jointer and a 13 in planer.

Joe

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 11:09 PM

Yes, that would be best; the lumber yard did not have any stock thicker at the time. The thought did cross my mind with glue lines on the legs. First kind of project like this. Hmmm….what to do…...

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 11:19 PM

8/4 is better, but I have glued up many legs, use a lot of clamps,(when you think you have enough on the boards use a few more) I start with my boards planed to 3/4 and leave them a little wider(I make them 3/4×2 )glue them up then use my jointer to bring the glued edges too size.

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 12:13 AM

I am guessing that quadralinear means that the glue line(s) runs down the corner. Is their a how too video or article somewhere?

Joe

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 06:13 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I called and found some 8/4 soft maple. I am going down that road vise quadralinear. My skills are not yet up to stuff to try that.

The plans say to edge glue the three boards to make up the top. It doesn’t say anything about using biscuits. Should I use biscuits? If so what size do you recommend?

The top dimension is 3/4” X 19 1/2” X 23”

This is the night stand that is in the November issue of wood magazine

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 08:49 PM

Thanks you all for the info. Glad you pointed this out about the gluing up single joints at one time. Great tip… I am sure I will get stuck and have to come back on and get some advice. Thanks again.

Joe

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