Arts and Crafts End Tables – Legs

I started working on the legs for the end tables this week. Actually, I started on one leg. I want to make sure that I can get the quadralinear (4 part) legs to work out the way I want them to.

First of all, I cut the lumber to rough length for four legs. Once the pieces were cut, I planed down one of them to get a good surface on which to work. The oak had a great figure in it.

Rough Lumber

Rough Lumber

After Planing

After Planing

The next step was to saw out the four individual parts for the leg. The was a somewhat stressful step because I had only about a quarter of an inch to work with between the pieces. In the photo below, I had to try to saw to line closest to my thumb without cutting into the line on the right. I’m happy to say that my saw tracked beautifully and I didn’t have any problems with the cuts.

Small space to saw

Pieces for the test leg

Pieces for the test leg

Once the pieces were cut and planed down to final size, I started plowing the grooves and rabbets to make the profile. To plow the grooves, I used a plow plane; for the rabbets, a moving fillister plane.

Plow Plane

Plow Plane

Moving Fillister Plane

Once I had the profiles made, I had to individually fit the pieces to make sure the leg would go together. I ended up with a few gaps, but the liquid hide glue I plan to use should fill them adequately.

Dry-assembled leg end

Dry-assembled leg end

Dry-assembled Leg

Dry-assembled Leg

Now that I know the profile for the legs will work, I need to make seven more of them before I can move on the rest of the tables.

2 thoughts on “Arts and Crafts End Tables – Legs

  1. Amy Day

    I’m still amazed by how this leg turned out! When I saw the sketchup, I thought, “What on earth?”. Truly amazing! Great job Sweetie!

    Reply
  2. Shirley Wheeler

    This is so amazing! I am blown away by the after picture of the wood. What a pretty design in the wood. I would have looked at the board and thought…burn pile! LOL I can’t wait to see each step. I’m really enjoying your posts!

    Reply

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