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

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Tape, glue and roll
Putting tape on boards
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Place the leg faces (A) edge to edge,
outside-face up, with their ends flush,
and apply several strips of painter's
tape across all four faces.
Gluing boards
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To speed the glue-up, apply glue
to only one bevel and the flat center
of each piece, then roll the faces up
around a core (B).
Taping leg
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Wrap more painter's tape around
the leg to hold the joints closed. Trim
and sand the core flush after the glue

Tape, glue and roll

Dry-fit four leg faces and cut a core (B) slightly longer than the leg so it slides easily, but not loosely, into the center of each leg.

Quick Tip! Sanding or planing 1/32" chamfers on the edges of the core allows the leg faces to fit tightly at the inside corners. Then glue up each leg as shown in photos right.

Continued on page 5:  Oops, a gap! Now what?


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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