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Pic #1:Next up are the aprons. I have 3 of them cut to size already, but the front apron is special. A drawer will be cut into the front apron so the grain is continuous across the front for a seamless appearance. Then, tenons cut into the aprons to join the legs and form the carcass of the console table. Stay tuned!
First up are the legs, a two-piece tapered design. There is a visible seam between the two pieces, and rather than try to hide it, the design calls attention to it by creating a decorative groove that is duplicated on the other side.
A closer view of the legs. The leg in the foreground has been finished, while the background leg just came out of glue-up. The "artificial seam" is created by running a tenon saw the length of the leg, creating a groove. I then used a beading tool to add a chamfer to the edges of the groove, creating a shadow line for visual interest. Finally, the 90° corner where the two components meet are rounded over.
Pics #3 and 4:
A look at the offset mortises. A mortise is just a hole, right? Nothing to write home to mom about. The layout here was a bit tricky - just had to make sure the orientation was correct for each leg. This is 3/4" stock and a 1/4" mortise. Not sure if there's a special name for the notch at the top - there probably is.
Here's the bottom of a finished leg. Here you can see the two grooves and rounded edge. The endgrain was chamfered using a file.
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