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    ted clawton

    Hi, new to woodworking and this forum.

    I’m in the process of making a small kitchen table. I cut up 2 4″ x 4″ x 8′ into 4″ x 4″ legs and I ripped two sections into 2″ x 4″s for the 4 aprons.

    I’m wondering about a different route: gluing 8 1×2’s (3/4″ x 1.5″) into a 3″x3″ for a table leg (doing that for each of the 4 legs), and similarly gluing 4 3/4″ x 1.5″ into a 1.5″ x 3″ for the aprons?

    This would involve edge gluing and face gluing, I know I’d need plenty of clamps, and would need to be done in stages. What problems might I try to avoid in this approach? Or is it completely unrealistic/infeasible?

    The reason I was considering this approach is because the 1x2s are nice and square, whereas my planing/squaring skills and tools are still quite limited.

    Thank you.

    SmokyRick Crawford

    It can be done just as you are suggesting. Many folks make cutting boards for the kitchen with much smaller pieces and all glued together. Do what seems right to you. I have glued together what I had on hand many times rather than drive clear into town just for a board of a certain size. No reason it shouldn’t work just fine.
    On the other hand practice makes perfect.

    In the middle of Northern Illinois, USA

    ted clawton

    @smokyrick thank you. I’ve been doing a few small glue-ups, the s4s boards seem to be mostly ready to be glued together straight from the store … now I’ve got to just keep practicing planing and stock preparation so I don’t have to rely on nice square boards.


    If I might…

    From my experience most store wood is almost square but usually twisted so you can’t really depend on it…
    It usually isn’t dry enough either so it might ‘move’ while in your shop/house and do stupid wood tricks.

    That said, planing seems easy when someone else is doing it but I’m a firm believer anyone can get it right.

    For table parts only 2 faces need to be square to each other to get your table together ok. So don’t sweat on it too much.

    Set your plane shallow when you’re close and check often for square to see what’s happening. It’s not that hard… After a while you’ll hear Paul’s voice inside your head giving you advice.


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