i’ve decided to go ahead and finish the legs even though they are not attached yet. the method i plan to using to attach them won’t interfere with the finish so why not?
i’ve posted more pictures on picassa webalbums to show progress and the beautiful finish that i love tung oil for. originally i had plans just to glue and clamp then screw the black walnut breadboards onto the endgrain, then i received some excellent and timely advice on NOT doing it that way. i cerainly wouldn’t have wanted it to split later on down the road. i’m still looking at options for attaching the breadboards but i know for sure i want to use the black walnut. the contrast is just too beautiful to pass up.
for the legs, i’ll describe what i plan to do but it may be a bit confusing so hopefully the pictures will clear it up a bit. i welded a rectangular frame out of 1 1/2” x 1/8” flat steel. i plan on dadoing out the shape of the frame on the underside of the table so that when the frame is placed into the dado it sits flush with the underside of the table. to each corner of the frame i plan on drilling two large holes and attaching the legs to the frame with large lag bolts. then the frame will have smaller holes drilled everywhere else and i will set the tabletop down onto the frame and then attach it all with small screws. like i said, it might be bit confusing but maybe not so much once you look at the pictures.
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