how are these used? (pics)

thomisJune 5, 2012

The former homeowner here was a furniture repair/ woodworker/ cabinetmaker. Among other things pertaining to his trade, he left two boxes of these pieces of wood. I'd like to know what type of wood it is and how are they used? I mean how are they fitted to serve as legs? I used a few to make a simple table for the patio and found them difficult to work with. Obviously I am doing something wrong. Please enlighten me!

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What do you mean by "hard to work with"? Are you saying that the wood is hard and dense (not easy to cut)? Looking at the wood I'm not seeing a lot of pores so I'm inclined to think it's a variety of maple (especially if it is heavy). The legs are built so you can use the upper piece for joinery. It's a bit small for mortise and tenon so I'd think the former home owner was using dowels or possibly pocket screws. Any of these methods would be strong enough for tables like you've shown. Go buy some maple if you want the wood to match. Bring along a leg to match color with the boards you're selecting.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 7:41PM
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Yes, the wood is dense. And you're right about it being maple, I'm pretty sure it is. But when I say its difficult to work with I mean that I basically don't know what I'm doing and I need a jig or something to hold it in place while I screw other wood to it. I know very little about joinery so I'm kind of in the dark. Here is a pic of how I used two screws to attach the pine frame:

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 3:47PM
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Those legs are for coffee tables. There is a metal corner brace designed to attach the apron, just as you have done.

If you have these brackets, you will find the legs much easier to work with!

Here is a link that might be useful: what you need

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 4:25PM
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Metal corner brace as described in link below. CLick on more info then technical document for all the information you need on how to install.

You could also use mortise and tenon (more difficult) or pocket screws (quick and easy), but the metal corner braces are a good compromise between ease and strength. Many commercial dining tables use them.

Here is a link that might be useful: metal corner braces

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 2:34PM
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Absent access to a hollow chisel mortiser setup, the metal braces are probably the best choice.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 3:24PM
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very helpful, thank you all very much.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 9:15PM
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Anyone want to take a stab at what kind of wood it is?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 12:19PM
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As above-mentioned, maple.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:43PM
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