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Walnut Coffee Table – Legs

There comes a time in the woodworking journey that an epiphany occurs. As you look at the work of others and study pictures on line or in articles you realize that all of your hard work to make tight joints and smooth tops doesn’t make for the perfect piece. Suddenly you realize the importance of wood selection and grain, shadow lines and many small details. I’m not sure when that realization occurred,but i’m certainly aware and trying to work on executing on that knowledge.

Cutting the end of the 8/4 board it becomes clear that these are flat sawn. Reference the fine drawing that I made on the left. If I cut this board into the four legs as intended I will end up with two sides with intersecting grain and two with flat grain. Since I want legs that are 1 15/16” I don’t have a lot of options to cut diagonally across and make the grain similar on all legs but I am certainly becoming more aware and will consider where the legs are placed on the table. In the picture below you can certainly see the grain difference on the two sides of the leg and follow it across the bottom.

Back to woodworking. I used the sled to hoping the lumber and then cut the legs to size, hand planing each one to the same dimensions and ensuring they were square. Looking at the grain pattern I laid out the mortises for the side rails and lower rails and used my mortising machine to cut the mortises. This was the first time that I have used it on a project and it was very satisfying

Standing up all the legs you can see the grain and that I placed the flat sawn edges on the side of the table (right and left). Lot more to learn but it’s on my mind.

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