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I live near Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. I need to find a source for red (or white) oak 4"x4" to use as table leges in furniture. I have called all the local mills I know and Lowes and HomeDepot to no avail. Anyone know where I might find some?
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I hope other members have specific sources, but you may want to start wtih Woodfinder

http://www.woodfinder.com

Plan "B" is Stickley style. Cut 4 pieces of 4/4 stock at 45 deg and cut a centre piece from anything to fill the void.

I do not have a link handy, but apart for the extra labour, this can look very nice since you can have the same face grain on all sides.

Edit added link. Need subscription to read the article though. I do not have a subscription, so I must have read this somewhere else.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/Skill...F.aspx?id=2435

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Plan "B" is Stickley style. Cut 4 pieces of 4/4 stock at 45 deg and cut a centre piece from anything to fill the void.
Why do you think the void should be filled?

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I live near Richmond and Charlottesville, VA. I need to find a source for red (or white) oak 4"x4" to use as table leges in furniture. I have called all the local mills I know and Lowes and HomeDepot to no avail. Anyone know where I might find some?
Craig's list works well in some locations

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A company that sells farm fencing materials might be a good place to look for big oak posts.

I think Stickley filled the void to disguise the fact that it was four pieces.
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Why do you think the void should be filled?

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It is not necessary, but it was how Stickley did it. The Fine WW article likely followed the same method.

I think it can help in the assembly if clamping around the square middle piece.
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A company that sells farm fencing materials might be a good place to look for big oak posts.

I think Stickley filled the void to disguise the fact that it was four pieces.

It is going to be visible that it is four pieces regardless. It is not necessary for strength. It saves weight.

If you do not want the hollow to show on the bottom then just glue a piece cut fit in there.

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It is going to be visible that it is four pieces regardless. It is not necessary for strength. It saves weight.

If you do not want the hollow to show on the bottom then just glue a piece cut fit in there.

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I've done this when I needed to put a leveller or foot at the bottom..except I put some rabbits so all the weight wasn't on just glue (I do alot of commercial work) but you're right. It's not necessary.
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I'm in Virginia Beach and have seen a few ads from time to time on CL advertising custom lumber.

I've made legs in the past for tables and doubled up boards to get the thickness I wanted and laminated the two seamed sides with thin vaneer pieces I made running through my drum sander. I found this much cheaper than paying for the thicker rough stock.
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