Live Edge Class at Peters Valley Part 4: Colm’s “Y” table (A)

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Colm was one of many
college students at my Peters Valley reside edge class and his desk
stood out each when it comes to design and top. On the primary day
of sophistication, he confirmed me a powerful trying walnut crotch slab
and requested what I assumed we might do with it. Whereas discussing
our choices I confirmed him a current reside edge piece of mine,
and urged that maybe he might make an
finish or console desk utilizing three reclaimed mattress legs that I
delivered to class with me.

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We concluded that as a result of the slab was thick
sufficient, we might reliably anchor the legs into it and get rid of
the necessity for supporting stretchers or aprons whereas offering
the desk with ample structural stability. A desk like this
just isn’t meant to undergo intense use, abrupt facet forces
or be subjected to heavy masses, and it’s best positioned close to a
wall in a home that is freed from toddlers, monkeys or Pokemon Go

So right here was our

  • Type three tenons, one on the prime of
    every mattress leg.
  • Trim the pineapple finials in order that the
    upside-down legs have sufficient footing to face on.
  • Create three mortises within the “Y”
  • Noticed kerfs by way of every of the tenons.
  • Make wedges for every leg.
  • Glue the legs in, together with the
  • Noticed off the surplus on the tenons and
  • Sand the desk.
  • Paint the legs.
  • Apply an oil primarily based end on the entire

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That is one among 4 mattress legs that I delivered to Peters Valley
for use by my college students. Initially they belonged to a mattress
that was trashed by one among our neighbors. I dismantled the
mattress and saved the legs. The headboard was unsalvageable because it
was created from plywood and started to disintegrate from being
left within the components.

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Colm positioned every leg on the desk noticed sled, raised the blade
to 1/2” top and crosscut dados in the tenon sides
till a sq. tenon was shaped. He used a cease block clamped
to the crosscut sled to make sure respected outcomes and
equivalent tenon lengths.

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Colm snipped off the tip of the pineapple finial to rework
it into the foot of the desk leg.

Subsequent time I’ll present the following steps in his plan.

— Yoav

If you’re
concerned about designing and dealing with reside edge lumber,
take a look at this beforehand recorded webinar from Yoav,
“Urban Woodworking: Designing One-of-a-Kind Furniture” at

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