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The money-smart (and attractive) way to build thick legs

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Start with attractive stock

Start with attractive stock

When choosing boards for the leg faces (A) [Drawing below], look for clear material of similar color. This makes each leg look like one piece of solid wood. If you find a straight-grained board more than twice as wide as one face, cut adjacent faces from it, and wrap the grain pattern around the corner.

After choosing your boards, rip them 1/4" over finished width, then cut them to length. Be sure to label each piece so you can identify parts for each leg and assemble them as intended.

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Comments (3)
genesent4u wrote:

Great tip. It should help me solve a problem I am working on. Have you thought that this may be a good way to dress up the legs and borders on whatever your building? Cut the 1/4" deep kerf a bit wider and on all four side of the legs and edges of the top from a different type of wood for accent strips? I think I will give it a try on a project I am planning. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

1/9/2016 06:02:43 PM Report Abuse
JimTheSoundman wrote:

Rjoy, I think they were saying that although there the piece of wood you are cutting will be the correct length, you should make the sled a bit shorter so it doesn't touch or interfere with the blade, as that might throw off the actual work cut. At least that was my take on it.

8/6/2015 05:47:48 PM Report Abuse

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