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    I recently asked for some ideas on feet for tables. There were a few suggestions but I eventually went to a local antique store and took photos.

    I came up with the feet that are on the table in the photo from a Chinese style stand at the shop. They are not all that hard to make once the template is made.

    However, I decided to make the table from some old river oak that I had no other use for, mistake #1. River oak is hard, snarly and as cranky as a woman at a once a year sale without her hubby's credit card. Have you tried to work black or Sally wattle, well like that.

    The table is 700mm high and a top at 300mm. It is yet to be sprayed.

    The legs were dovetailed into a small round, with flattened areas at the 120 degree position, and then the bottom of the pole was given a spigot that fitted into the round that the legs were attached to. This made it much easier to dovetail the leg slots, and allowed for mistakes.

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    Thumbs up Very Nice

    It looks unique, I like it very much . Is there a chance of some close ups of the grain .

    Are you going to blacken (japan) it or just clear stain?

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    Interesting> The grain will need proper orientation for those feet>

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    There's a bit of work in those feet!
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    I know you believe you understand what you think I wrote, but I'm not sure you realize that what you just read is not what I meant.


    Regards, Woodwould.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodwould View Post
    There's a bit of work in those feet!
    Not really, I was surprised at the ease of making them, once the method was worked out. Cutting the returns was done using a 22mm forstner bit, and then the rest is easily cut out on a band saw as there is no hard turns to follow.

    Once the template is made, life becomes easier.

    I am not saying it is simple, but it is not a difficult as one would think.

    I have other thoughts on these feet designs, ie using 4, one set up and one set down with a short pole for a coffee table so it would be 4 each end.

    For a round table the same thing only 6 only with them set like they are on this table.

    Thanks for your comment
    BB

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    Quote Originally Posted by artme View Post
    Interesting> The grain will need proper orientation for those feet>
    By that I think you mean to stop splitting under load. Yes, that was considered, the grain in River Oak is very tight, and its one big disadvantage is splitting out on routering.

    BB appreciates any comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteandoreen1 View Post
    It looks unique, I like it very much . Is there a chance of some close ups of the grain .

    Are you going to blacken (japan) it or just clear stain?
    It is too nice a grain, even though the piece is from one section of the tree there is great variety in the grain, which IMO, should become a feature, (Like to draw the eyes from the mistakes LOL)

    I will try with the photos for you later.

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    Default Photos of Occasional table

    Hope they turn out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Bear View Post
    It is too nice a grain, even though the piece is from one section of the tree there is great variety in the grain, which IMO, should become a feature, (Like to draw the eyes from the mistakes LOL)

    I will try with the photos for you later.
    The grain is perfect and the end result awesome. Thanks for the follow up.

    Peter

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