Dining Table: Legs and Stretchers

Table Legs and Stretchers

The design of this dining room table incorporates some large, sturdy components. My first task was to take the pile of wood shown in the post below and sort through it to pick the best pieces for the table top. From the rest of the lumber, I began by laminating and gluing up pieces for the legs and stretchers. The legs are nearly 3 in. x 3 in. There is more wood in one of these table legs than there is in all four legs on the slant front desk I just completed. The legs are set at a 45 degree angle to the table top, and the tops have diagonal slots to support the table top. The stretcher at the bottom is all mortised, including “through mortises” in each leg. Although the power saw, planer, band saw and my new electric mortiser have come in handy, there is a lot of hand work with a mallet and chisels to get a good fit on the mortises and tenons.

This arts and crafts style table is called a “hayrake” after an old traditional English design. It will feature an arc piece at each end of the stretchers, tying the center stretcher and both diagonals together. It isn’t easy to describe, and it won’t be easy to build, either. But, it’s the next piece to construct.

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