Counter Top Height Kitchen Table: Making the Legs
So to glue a table leg these legs are gonna wind up knowing about four. and a half foot four and a half four to quarter inches squared and so what I've done is I've ripped the pieces I want the legs 36 inches long so I've ripped. these well I've cut these pieces off at 38 inches to give me an extra inch on each end. and then I've ripped them to three and three-quarters of an inch because I'm gonna put a veneer on each side.
I think, within there I'm going to cut down one of these boards another board in half and glue it to each side and then trim. that so when you look at the look at it. it won't look like it's built up like. this so the next thing we've got to do. is get the glue put on these and get a plant that's what I'm gonna do next.
Now I like to just take a piece of wood and smear it. all right so I've got it clamped and that's going to sit for a couple hours. before I take the clamps off and before I started I put down some paper this is some underlayment paper you can get like at Home Depot it's kind of nice to keep your bench from getting covered in glue. but we'll let this dry and then we'll come back now the blanks are glued up and it's actually been three-four days.
Since I've been working on this I've been at work so I just wanted to point out you know there's a crack. right in here which didn't get completely pulled together you know. because what I did was I put some rough boards in between you know with some pretty good-sized knots and splits and all kinds of stuff all right all these are is just filler and so the next thing.
We've got to do with this now is get it. flattened out on this edge and this edge and then what we'll do is run it through. the jointer and get so this edge will be flat and then we'll get this edge right. here at 90 degrees to it now the way I'm gonna do that is with my planer.
You know if you don't have a plane here. you're gonna have to use either a hand. a plane you can use an electric hand plane. you could use a jointer to do this. there are lots of different ways to do it. but for me that's gonna be the easiest. because I can very easily get this flat and get this side parallel to it and flat and then come back on my jointer and get these two 90-degree now.
When you go into these up you're going to get some squeeze out of your glue. this one I obviously put way too much. glue on but let it sit for about an hour and after that gets you a wide putty. knife and come back kind of knock off. it'll kind of come off like pudding. there the thickened glue because when you come back to plane this later you don't want all those knobs of glue. sticking up because it's gonna make them. hard for you to get it flat and then now.
That it's dry I'll come back and sit. like I've got hardened piece of glue there and I can just chip that off. because otherwise when I run it through. the planer or you run to the jointer or you use a hand plane or whatever your planes gonna run on top of that glue and kind of knock you off level so the more little bumps and stuff you can get off. before you start planing the better you are but that's ready it's don't you know.
It's not perfect but that's ready to start plaintiff I'm getting ready to run. this through and I've gotten that this is how my depth is here you know so I'm going to start right there I want to start shallow and slowly work my way down to get these even death.
All right now I said slowly I in one. the pass got that completely cleaned up so. I'll just run the other three and then I'm gonna flip them over like that and run it one more time for they don't forget this place so now we want to get this edge parallel or went 90 degrees to this edge and so what we're going to do. is, first of all, you got to make sure that your fence is at 90 degrees and then you're gonna hold it flat to this back fence alright so we now have ours.
We're nice and square and now what we got to do so we have a flat piece here and a flat piece here so now we got to do is cover this edge where are all these. individual boards so it measures out. these measure it three and seven eighths and so that's probably gonna be my final. dimension somewhere right around there.
Maybe three and a quarter three and three quarters or something like that. it's not all that critical but so I'm going to cut some pieces that are probably 4 and 1/8 that I'm gonna glue to this side and this side to cover up that lamination. now, these boards I could use one on each side but I wouldn't have to play them. down to almost nothing when I got through, so I'm going to rip take these and rip them in half that way I only have to use half this minute you can do.
This on a bandsaw but I'm going to run them through my circulars my table saw . all right so I've got these pieces. ripped into so I'm gonna take the flat side a blue end on this side where you can see the different planks that we're putting together now you want to try to match your grain up a little bit and see.
I've got a white stripe right here so I'm gonna take this got a white streak. here so I'm gonna put it right there so that matches that up pretty good and what I'm doing is I'm gonna go one. side of this so I'm gonna go this on. here and then I'm gonna run it through my planer to get this side flat and then I'll come back and glue the other one.
I'll put both of them on now I won't be able to just run it through the planer. because it could get it out of square so that way it'll assure that I don't have to go back to the jointer try to get one of the corners square again yeah to do. that I'm just blooming them just like I did before a little bit of glue and hitting it with a foam roller and you know if like I've already done half of them and so I didn't want my foam roller to dry so you just wrap it into some saran wrap and it'll stay nice and wet for you to do it the other the next time.
Now you're gonna probably want to put quite a few clamps on here because you want to make sure you want to look down. this edge right here and make sure that you have good content and I want to overhang both sides just a little bit so I'm kind of centering them all right.
That's got a clamp that you can see you can never have too many claims but as I went back and looked I had cracks where. I wanted to go back and pull that down. tighter so it took a few more than what. I had originally well it's the next morning these are all glued on there and I'm going to take them over to the planer and lock this side of that'll make it parallel to the backside and then flip them over and I'll go the last piece that I do that I'll get a plane to the correct thickness.
Here so we're flat on both sides here. now and so the next thing I've got to deal with is now I have this overhang. here and if I just try to run this through the planer, first of all, it's not flat and I would want it probably with a taper on here so what I'm gonna do next. is take a router and this has an I've just got a trim bit in here it's got a little bearing down here that are run along here and it'll trim this edge. flush with this side and I'm gonna do that on all four legs this is the four legs and I just want to show you this view, oh now this white paint is where I first sawmill the logs and I pay the inn's white so they wouldn't check some of that but just to show you the glue upon them and then here's the thin veneer.
That we put on and I've gotten them all. playing to dimension now and the next step is going to be I'll get them cut to length and then I've just got to round over the corners and mortise them to hold the rails that will eventually hold the temple. now I'm mortising out the grooves into the legs and I'm using a mortising machine but you know I'm sure you're probably not going to have one of those probably.
Nobody's gonna make this table anyway if you of course if you know if you don't have a mortising machine that you can use a router to cut these out you can do them by hand. you could do quite a bit of it on the table saw but they're pretty deep so you'd have to chisel out the last bit of it quite a bit there are lots of different ways to make mortises but this is just the way I'm doing it because I have the machine. okay, the next thing I want to do is round over the edges it'll kind of blend. that veneer into the piece and it also. makes it smooth and friendly to touch and this is the test piece that I've found but I'm gonna take all of the legs and run them through this router this is that eighth of an inch round-over bit and I'm just going to run it over every edge. except for the top so it'll be the bottom edge and all sides so I ran it off four corners and the bottom. corners and the bottom.