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Offline tcaz

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Order of operations to make these table legs w/ DF500?
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:17 AM »
Trying to figure the best order of operations to replicating this style table leg (waterfall legs w/ apron spanning between them) using white oak.

Should I domino the apron to the inside of both legs AND the "breadboard" component above? Or would just the legs be sufficient in adding strength to the miter?

Single or double dominos on the miters (1.75" thick) and recommended domino size?

I am thinking cut and domino my miters then layout lines for the apron mortises. Open to suggestions!

Hope that makes sense...  :)

**Details
Legs- 30 x 3.5 x 1.75"
Apron- 32.5 x 3 x 1.375"
Final table dimensions- 60 x 36 x 30"


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Offline ChuckS

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Re: Order of operations to make these table legs w/ DF500?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2021, 01:34 AM »
I'd domino the miters (single 10mm or double 8mm), the aprons as well as the breadboard ends with allowance for the top to move (i.e. only the middle dominos on the ends are glued to the top).

I'd also use cabinetmaker's buttons to attach the top to the side aprons. Elongate holes on the aprons if you plan to use screws.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2021, 01:46 AM by ChuckS »

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Order of operations to make these table legs w/ DF500?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2021, 09:17 AM »
I'd use the biggest Domino that fits the 1/3 rule to attach the legs to the aprons.

I'd attach the top using only Z clamps. I get mine from Rockler.

I've used them on tables from bedside to picnic. They accommodate wood movement.

If you want, you could add one Domino in the middle of the breadboard, but it's not necessary.
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Offline tcaz

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Re: Order of operations to make these table legs w/ DF500?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2021, 11:25 PM »
The legs are 1.75" thick, 3.75" wide. A single 10x50mm for the miter would be strong enough? I'm guessing centered? If I double, should the mortises be stacked or side by side? This is my first go at using my Domino for miters on a larger piece so wanting to make sure I get it right!


I'd domino the miters (single 10mm or double 8mm), the aprons as well as the breadboard ends with allowance for the top to move (i.e. only the middle dominos on the ends are glued to the top).

I'd also use cabinetmaker's buttons to attach the top to the side aprons. Elongate holes on the aprons if you plan to use screws.

Offline ChuckS

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Re: Order of operations to make these table legs w/ DF500?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2021, 12:04 AM »
One domino is good enough because the miter joint is also pulled together by the apron on the end. If double, the tenons are side by side (1/3 rule), parallel to the registration face (the same face that you'd use to do a single, centered mortise).

Consider practising on some scraps if you've never done miters before.