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Offline JeremyH.

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Wood Leg sourcing?
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:21 AM »
Hey guys, I'm looking at sourcing wood legs. Probably white oak.

I'm not sure that I'm ready to buy a lathe yet. (I also need a high repeatability on the tops size for insertion) Any thoughts?
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2021, 03:17 AM »
Hey guys, I'm looking at sourcing wood legs. Probably white oak.

I'm not sure that I'm ready to buy a lathe yet. (I also need a high repeatability on the tops size for insertion) Any thoughts?
From a pirate?


Do they have to be round? Is square an option? You can do some beautiful curves with flat wood.


Offline Bob D.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2021, 06:18 AM »
Osborne has a wide selection.

https://www.osbornewood.com/Table-Legs.aspx
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Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2021, 07:18 AM »
This is the closest things. But it's definitely a bit big at top meaning I'd need it to be reduced some to a standard width for the last 1.5" . Also legs add up fast in price for making many of these! There may be no way around that. There's a reason that a company that makes something like what I want to make uses steel legs (that suck IMO).
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2021, 08:11 AM »
This is the closest things. But it's definitely a bit big at top meaning I'd need it to be reduced some to a standard width for the last 1.5" . Also legs add up fast in price for making many of these! There may be no way around that. There's a reason that a company that makes something like what I want to make uses steel legs (that suck IMO).

The way around that is roll your own. Meaning get a lathe or find some other method to make you own legs.

How? Maybe like this.



« Last Edit: February 09, 2021, 08:15 AM by Bob D. »
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Offline pixelated

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2021, 09:00 AM »
Tablelegs.com is another source, https://www.tablelegs.com

Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2021, 09:30 AM »
Interesting post, Bob. I'm not sure how to convert a tracksaw to that [blink]. However I did just order a fenceless Incra routing table. Maybe I'd consider getting a more powerful router to do something like that? (I have 2.25hp)

What really might work is getting legs from Table Legs, then putting them in my own jig to run on the router table to taper the top to what I need. A table saw would be nice... so big and so heavy, so much room... And I admit I would love a pre-made jig :) This is better than having to laminate my own sticks of white oak. Although that could be cheap, also a pain since I only need the small size.

I do have to make a jig for the router table anyways, where I am going to cut in a gap to the back of the leg to run USB charging wire.

Hopefully the taper isn't too much of the leg I'm looking at, otherwise it may be useless. "McCobb Mid-Century Modern" It looks about right, and maybe I'll be knocking enough off at the top that I won't even notice that it gets so much thicker towards the top.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2021, 09:41 AM by JeremyH. »
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2021, 12:59 PM »
"I'm not sure how to convert a tracksaw to that"

I guess that's one of the perks of a table saw.
It can do more than make straight cuts.

But as Izzy noted you could make a version of this
that uses a router in place of the table saw.
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Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2021, 03:32 PM »
I think that's my future, Bob.

That and probably trying to find stock of certain incra parts.
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Offline rmhinden

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2021, 04:03 PM »
I am working on a walnut short stool.   I needed to make round tenons on the ends of the legs and I don't have a lathe.

I made a jig for my router table.   After some practice, it worked pretty well.    Regarding the practice, the legs started up longer as I had to do it over a few times.  :-)  Finally made a test leg.   Here are some pictures.



This wouldn't' work for making complete round leg, but works fine for a tenons.   

Bob


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2021, 05:19 PM »
Bob said, “This wouldn't' work for making complete round leg, but works fine for a tenons.”

It would work if you added a receiver board with a hole in it (of the right size and location) on the other side of the router bit. Add another receiver board farther away and you can complete the dowelization of the square stick.

Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2021, 11:19 PM »
Very cool other Bob.

There's hope for me [wink]
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Offline Bertotti

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2021, 08:51 AM »
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.

Offline rmhinden

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2021, 11:11 AM »
@Bertotti

Thanks!   That is impressive, sort of a hand metal style lathe for wood.  Way overkill for what I need.   

Bob

Offline Bertotti

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Re: Wood Leg sourcing?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2021, 09:18 PM »
Yea it would be a bit of work to build but there is something about it that makes me want to try and build one.
I want to populate SD with trees because I miss the forests of the river bottoms.