Making table legs

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Updated table design and progress

Cherry boards glued together.

I’ve finally made some more progress with the table. I changed the design a bit. All of the table-top boards will be perpendicular to the long dimension of the table.

I’ve updated the Sketchup model to reflect these changes:
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I also detailed how the legs will be built:

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You might wonder why I’m building the legs out of four individual pieces. That’s a lot of extra work!

For a few reasons:

Hardwood is expensive. Cherry isn’t terrible expensive compared to walnut or other more exotic varieties, but making the leg hollow means I need less wood, so it’ll be cheaper.

Hardwood is heavy – I’m just guessing, but I believe the table top will be around 75 pounds. That’s heavy. The legs are 2.5″ square. They will be very heavy if made of solid cherry.

It’s just not possible. Finding solid heartwood cherry that is at least 2.5 inches thick will be nearly impossible, and incredibly expensive.

Instead of doing this I will buy 1″ cherry boards then plane, rip, join, glue, clamp, cut.

So there you have it.

 

I’ve got wood

I bought a bunch of rough “5/4″ cherry lumber a couple weeks ago for my table.
I jointed two sides, planed, and tonight I ripped the boards down to the final width + 1/4”

Cherry tabletop lumber

The boards are grouped in twos and this is no accident. I intend to glue-up pairs of two boards initially, and then further group those together to produce two 30″ wide panels and one 12″ panel — the center leaf which is removable.

The final top thickness will be pretty close to 1″