Katrina Parks Table November 14th, 2018 - 02:42:45
This three-legged coffee table for real. You don't have to go watch it, although there was actually some pretty decent commentary on the virtues of a three-legged table versus one with four legs. Anyhow, lots of you commented that you'd like to see me build the table for real, and I kept saying that I would so now, 14 months later, I'm making good on that promise.
So that's the back story. Now, let's hop into the bill after I had selected my wood and cut out roughly the amount I need to use, this is white oak. By the way I took it over the planer and mill it down to right around an inch thick in total. I'm gonna need three legs, each of which is comprised of two pieces, we'll call them the upper leg in the lower leg. So, with everything milled I headed over the table saw to prep all of my pieces for getting cut to shape, which will eventually happen using a tapering jig.
I started by ripping them to width and then cutting a 15 degree miter on both ends, and now is probably a good time to mention that, even though I only needed three legs in total, I actually made for this is a practice that I got in the Habit of a while back my thinking was, it really doesn't take much more time or money to produce four legs instead of three and that way, if you mess something up, it just gives you a little bit more wiggle room and actually, even if you don't mess anything up, it's always good, to have a test piece that you can use the dial-in various cuts or setups as you work on joinery.
Basically, it's a nice little insurance policy and confidence booster. I started laying out my cut lines. I think my taper went from an inch at the bottom to about two and a half inches at the top. Then I got out my tapering jig and had at it. In all of these shots. I've been working on the lower leg pieces once I finish them. I did the exact same thing to the leg uppers. The dimensions are different, but it's the exact same process to rip to width mark out the tapers cut tapers. So basically, just seemed a little bit redundant to show it, so I just focused on this piece.
Instead, normally, when I build this table, I use half flaps to join the upper and the lower pieces, but here I decided to call an audible and go for my dress. Instead, here in the John, you can see the difference. Basically, the half laps look different depending on what side you're viewing the piece from, whereas the miters will look the same on either side. Next, I assembled the legs by gluing. The miters I'm gonna reinforce these in a minute, but first I need the glue to dry up a bit.