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Brownbookkat, for someone just starting out in woodworking your projects are are very impressive. The issue you are experiencing with the table legs is very common and the reasons for this are many. As Arnold and mr7872603 have mentioned, it is very easy to have something move out of square, a fastener not being applied just right introduces stress into the joinery, the wood itself may be your culprit and the list goes on. Welcome to woodworking. LOL We all experience such issues at some point and it can be quite challenging to try and figure "the fix" out. Using reclaimed wood and in particular a combination of different species of wood in a project can bring many challenges in itself.
Wood used for furniture has a few basic attributes that we try to establish as best we can to give us the best chance for success. Species for the project, hardwood, softwood or a combination of both ? A softwood table top and a hardwood support structure as an example. Straight grained wood, figured wood , moisture content down to a 9-10 % range, what type of joinery would I like to use and what type would be the most suitable for the application and the list goes on. A lot to think about.
Mortice and tenon joinery is one of my favorite aspects of working wood and is a skill set that takes time and experience to become proficient at it. This joinery is not the fix all for table legs but it is one of the most common joinery methods chosen for support structures for furniture. I believe your issue is being caused by wood movement as the moisture content stabilizes throughout your tables over time and this is what you should focus on in your effort on to find a fix and something you really have to plan for on future projects, especially outdoor furniture. Through tenons, Loose Tenons and Pegged Tenons are joinery methods I use the most for support structure on tables and Table Buttons and a groove in the Apron to attach the table top which allows wood movement. I hope this is of some help to you.
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Hi Friends -
I'm new to wood working, and to this website but am thankful for all I've started to learn from Colin and the others on the forum. As a hobby I've started making tables; I made one from oak (like Home Depot quality), one from reclaimed lumber (pine) and one from reclaimed lumber, oak & poplar. With each of my tables, I'm running into a consistent problem; the legs are square/straight when I glue them, and I have used metal L brackets to attach them, but somehow, at the end of the project, I'm still getting legs that are not 100% square, either they're leaning inward or outward. It's quite frustrating - I've been suggested to try a mortise and tenon joint, which I have never done but I've watched a lot of videos on how to (using a chisel and a marking tool). Is this what most of you would recommend? I'd love any advice you can offer. I will also post some pics of my tables in case that's helpful.
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LOL Hi Colin,
I re-sawed a scrap piece of 6/4" of Walnut this afternoon just to see what the cutting was like and it zipped right through it. S far, so good. I am waiting on some Purple Heart and Cherry to get here for cutting boards and once I get at processing the boards for them I will have the chance to test the saw again. LOL Oh the drama...
Your invitation to sharpen some of your saws is greatly appreciated and I know you are just trying expand my tool maintenance horizons but I must respectfully decline your offer. I'll leave it at that.
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Colin replied to the topic 'Question AboutZero Clearance Inserts for Table Saw' in the forum.Hey ... no problem Kent, happy to help out. You know, it's great questions like this that helps other people learn too so never stop asking questions. We'll find an answer for your somewhere
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kentb created a new topic ' Question AboutZero Clearance Inserts for Table Saw' in the forum.I'm brand new to woodworking and just purchased my first table saw, it actually hasn't arrive yet but should be here any day. I plan on making a zero clearance insert for it but was wondering about something. Why aren't they standard issue when buying a new saw? It seems like everybody always talks about either purchasing or making one so why is it they all seem to come with a "standard" throat plate instead of a zero clearance plate? Thanks.
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just as Colin said for the glue. The Elmers Glue is half the price of the 3M 77 and for your sand paper, I get all of mine from an Auto Parts Company. The higher grits, 320 to 3500 are 3M paper which is an excellent grade of sand paper. I'm going to guess that you want this for sharpening your chisels and plane irons and if so, this line of paper is very affordable and what I would recommend. I use the Scary Sharp process for all of my edged tools and I am extremely happy with the results.
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