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    Solid legs or glue up?

    I'm contemplating starting my first piece of furniture. I have a cheap hand-me-down, knock down design corner desk that is pretty awful looking. Can't remember how many times it's been painted, and is 40 years old, minimum. Probably more like 45+. I want something to match the bedroom furniture. This is one edge of the dresser. Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	47245 The front corner legs are 3" wide X 2 7/8" deep. Would it be better to glue up to get the size needed, or use some 12-4 solid wood? (knowing I can't get the 3" width) The current furniture looks to be glue up, but not straight. It's like after the glue ups, the pieces were cut on the bias to make the parts. I haven't decided if I will make a drawer, or a pull out keyboard tray. Probably a drawer and have the keyboard on top of the desk like I do now. It will be done in Red Oak to match as closely as possible the current pieces. Thanks for any and all help! Jim.
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    I was gonna say use 12/4 until U said it was Oak. I found out recently that it was hard to get Oak thicker then 8/4. It has something to do with drying it. They have to use a vacuum kiln which makes it very expensive. At least thats what I've been told.
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    When I bought the piece of QSWO I'm using for my wife's project chair, they said 12 quarter was the thickest they had in Oak. My fear is after ripping it down, it will curl, then be unusable. That's why I'm leaning to the glue up, but hate the thought of the extra time and mess! Jim.
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    It's kinda funny, I can get Maple, cherry, popular, ash and even pine in 12/4 but any oak is special order. If you have some I'd think it would be OK to use since it's made it to you without any problems
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    the 12/4 white oak I just used was miserable to work with.
    Twists, cups, bends, and movement. Im going with glueups for leg chairs.

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    I've always used glue ups with no problems. Only because I can't easily find straight clear wood large enough.
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    I reciently sold (no close up picture to provide) a similar antique piece. The corner legs were the same, They were constructed of Mitered (with corner glueblocks) L shaped legs that were joined into the carcus.

    You can also make it from 8/4 stock. got to quit thinking "Suare corners"
    Here is a quick sketch showing how an 8/4 stock can be used, slice off pink and green sections to leave a corner post.
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    If you do use QSWO, the glueup would allow you to have the QSWO figure on all four sides, if you wanted...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    If you do use QSWO, the glueup would allow you to have the QSWO figure on all four sides, if you wanted...
    are yu sure brent??? yu mean yu can have gtr sawn on 4 sides of a leg post
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    are yu sure brent??? yu mean yu can have gtr sawn on 4 sides of a leg post
    Larry's right, what you need is a rift cut where the grain comes across at a 45 degree angle.
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