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May 10, 2020
I think I have all oak, yes you did, it's all oak, some are white, some are red, but that's good, how do I do it? I'm thinking these will be the legs. I love

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stuff, I mean, look at

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post right here, you can see. the cracks that are called checking you can also see the effects of the powder beetles that were in this wood yes we like them now we didn't like the bottom and the guy told me when I was taking these things off the shelf that These were probably reinforcements for an old wood, yes, they could be a diagonal brace or even called a knee brace in some situation.
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I mean, basically, that's what we're looking at, there you go, okay, so these are going to be the legs. This will be the material for the apron and to have enough stock for the top I had to get a big piece that has the raw edge here and I was thinking maybe we'll just take it off and we can trim it down. to make it look really nice, I also like the defects here, who also told me that it was probably a much larger beam and that they had put a few bolts in at a time and then they just cut them off so you're fine with the big holes, absolutely those.
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They could be dowel holes or bolt holes, which are great, where do you want to start? Let's start by cutting them to a rough length and trimming them to line up the edge. I'll use my chain saw and rip it wide. on the

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saw now we can just glue the boards together, clamp them together, wait about an hour for it to set up properly while it sets up. I will cut our legs about 18 inches off our 4x4, why don't you cut some off too? approximate lengths for the apron and then we can tear it off, okay, take these clamps off right now, with the glue dry, we can level these ends and square the top, the next thing we want to do is measure the length of the apron. the apron, so let's take two legs, put them right here, make them level at the end here, oh, you don't want to use your tape measure, uh, no, I don't want to measure, if I can help you, take one of the apron pieces. right here I'm flush down here now I just take my pencil and mark underneath now take the square edge of short piece against the leg and mark under here now we're going to cut two of these I have one more thing I want to do Before I cut the corners of the legs , I want to fill these holes here with some pegs.
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This is a square hole, so we'll use a square peg. This is a round hole, so I'll take a square piece of wood and do it. round to fit in the hole put a square peg in a round hole now we'll put some glue in there first and hit it no it's not going anywhere now just trim it with my flush cut saw now to fit the Leg apron I want to wear a bra hidden behind. It is actually a pocket screw to drill a hole for the pocket screw. I need this template right here. I put it on the template, clamp it and drill it and it will drill. the slots in the back of the wood the screws will go into the holes and they will go into the leg like this and you won't see any fasteners now we want to attach the apron to our legs and you have to remember that the top is going to be flush with the bottom top of the legs, to do that, we have to keep the apron by the thickness of the top, so I took a couple of scrap pieces of the board that we made our top with. placing it next to it we take our apron now this will be the inside of the

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we keep the outside flush even there and flush there okay now with the legs upside down our apron on top of our fillings we're going to hold it tight to the apron okay now we'll just I'll run the screws through the back, okay, let's take the legs, tilt them upside down and drop them on the bottom of the top and it'll level it out on each end and you can really start to see this come together, huh?
reclaimed coffee table build it ask this old house
Okay, now what we need to do is mark the position of the legs on the bottom of the top. Now we can cut the corners with the jigsaw and I'll smooth the edges using a router. with a round bed, because this is a wood top, it will expand and contract to allow it to expand and contract independently of the frame, we're going to use these washers right here, but I want to recess them down a little bit. thickness of the washer, okay, let's turn it over, let's see if we can get it in there, keep the end up a little bit, okay, there it goes, now hit the top of the leg, okay, let's screw the frame to the top, it's fine. turn it over and see how it looks now it's pretty heavy, here it is heavy, ready, sturdy table, oh yeah, oh yeah, there you go, Tommy, that thing looks sweet, huh, look at the character on that wood, I love it, so in terms of finishing, what would you do?
I recommend you know what I just put a Danish oil or a nice paste wax on it. Beautiful, looks great, Tommy, good job.

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