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    Under TV Cabinet - Finished - PICS!

    Took the critical first steps today - sorting through the lumber and making choices. Always a difficult job, choosing what board goes where. I know I'll second guess myself through the entire process.

    I just hope the finished project lives up to the potential in my Michigan QSWO!
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    Added: Already ran into my first snag. I was going to build up the legs to 2" square and then veneer the sides to show quarter sawn grain on all sides. Well, that was until I figured out that the taper at the bottom of the legs was greater than the thickness of the veneer. First challenge - go out and by some really thick QSWO, or, give up on the taper and simply round over the bottom of the legs? My design eye (that's funny ) tells me to stay with the taper.
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    I just made a design change this morning based on the trade-off between a different use of material or a different construction technique; it happens. A Blacker House leg treatment may look great on that piece and allow your leg construction technique. Sketch Up is my friend when it come to those "what-if" questions. Sketch Up also reigns in my Design Eye and gets me back on track when I have a really good idea that actually looks horrid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    First challenge - go out and by some really thick QSWO, or, give up on the taper and simply round over the bottom of the legs? My design eye (that's funny ) tells me to stay with the taper.
    What about mitering up the legs from 4 triangles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    What about mitering up the legs from 4 triangles?
    I have enough trouble cutting a straight line at 90 degrees!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    A Blacker House leg treatment may look great on that piece and allow your leg construction technique.
    Would work providing I keep my veneer thicker than the indent.
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    So I thought to myself, what would Glenn do?

    I'll make a mock up of the leg and taper it to see how much of a problem this will be.
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    i was thinking the same thing as glenn, but you could only do it on 2 sides on the fronts and backs. if you match them up just right rennie, you won't notice where the seams are. with my table, i had to look at the ends, just to make sure which was the good face. i'd get rid of the tapers, and go straight down, with a chamfer at the bottom.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Would work providing I keep my veneer thicker than the indent.
    I selected a blank with good figure on two opposite sides and put a fat 1/8" veneer on the perpendicular sides. Then I indented just shy of 1/8" to allow me enough meat for sanding without sanding through . . . is that cheating? Once the shaping and smoothing are finished the seam pretty much disappears.
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    OK - Two discoveries.

    First, gluing up and then tapering looks like it will not work. The glue up becomes very apparent once any finish is applied.

    Second, If I go to a straight leg I will have to downsize it. 2" Square is just to heavy to go all the way to the floor.

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    Back to the drawing board!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    So I thought to myself, what would Glenn do?

    I'll make a mock up of the leg and taper it to see how much of a problem this will be.
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