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post #1 of 6 Old 06-05-2016, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Table legs, diamond shaped

I would like to make a small coffee table. The main purpose for this would be to exercise my skills in hand-sawing and chiselling, so I already know that the missus will find a nice corner were to hide it...

I wish to attach the table legs in a different way, not at right angles , but diamond shape.

The attached image will show what i intend better. I have tried looking up anything on Google, but i did not find any examples. Is this because I am doing something stupid? or silly?


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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2016, 08:57 PM
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It would be a challenge, but....

It would be easier if you worked at the very end of the leg rather than stepped down or within the bevel. That way you can saw a flat on the bevel and work in from the end for the mortise. Tenons would be the same as normally made.

If it were me, I'd use a bandsaw to saw the flat and make the tenons and a dado set with a jig to hold the piece on the table saw. It wouldn't take much hand chiselling that way... just me.

I do like the idea, and I've seen it somewhere but couldn't find an image either. :frown2:

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Once you have all 4 legs cut to length and width, number your legs and mark the 2 corners where the apron will attach. Cut a flat on each corner to start your mortise.
I prefer to cut my mortise first.
This will be tricky to clamp when gluing up. I suggest using a band clamp and glue up all 4 legs/aprons at once.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Might be what woodenthings suggested but the joint would be easier if you milled the leg on a angle where the rails fit and then do the mortise and tenon.
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Yup. Cutting a flat area on the corner of the legs seems simplest.

Layout for your mortise may be tricky if you're using hand tools - you won't have a flat, square face to reference your mortising/marking gauge on. Unless... Depending on the size of the legs you could maybe cut the flats, and then reference your marking gauge off the flats you cut, since they'll be side by side. If they're both perfectly 45 degrees to the sides of the legs, they should be 90 to each other... I think, anyway.
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Many thanks to all.

I was wondering if there would be any weaknesses in my layout.

I will be usibg 3x3 wood, found some redwood that is practically quartersawn for the legs, and will then be using a 1.5 x 6 for the table top (three pieces)

I will try sketching my ideas, and wil’ report how I went.
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