Building a Walnut Sideboard Part 2: Making the Legs | Hand Tool Woodworking

  • Published on Aug 2, 2018
  • In this next part of the "Building a Walnut Side Board" series, I'm starting with the legs.
    I got this 8/4 (2") thick slab that is 36" long, and I wanted to start with the legs to give them time to acclimate to my shop after cutting and planing them.
    I started by planing the slab with my scrub plane (which is a Stanley 4c with a cambered iron in it), just to reveal the grain and to start to bring it into flat and square. I'm not too concerned with making perfectly square/flat surfaces yet, however, since each leg with be taken down to 1 3/4" thick, a full 1/4" less that what it currently is. I just want to make sure I get close because it is easier to work accurately when things are square/flat.
    Anyway, I also made a template stick that is 2 1/8" wide, and the length of the slab (36" or so), and after I planed the slab to what I wanted flatness wise, I started picking out the grain for the legs.
    I use the template to get an idea of what the grain will be in that area, kind of like when a painter or photographer uses their thumbs/fingers to create a box to "frame" their image before actually painting or snapping a photo.
    Anyway, I wanted to use diagonal grain as much as possible, since that shows straight lines on all sides. For that, I used sections close to the middle, but not exactly from the middle, and I stayed away from defects.
    Then, I used the template to mark out the pieces, and from there, I left about 1/8" room for my saw kerf, and I laid out another piece right next to it. I repeated this on the other side to get 4 legs.
    From there, I just sharpened my Disston rip saw, and I got to sawing using my saw bench.
    Take it nice and slow; no rush!
    Finally, I planed the pieces to square, flat, and true: no twist! Use winding sticks, a speed square, etc. to do this. I was sure to leave extra material so I could plane it away later, once the wood movement does whatever it's going to do.
    That's about it! Soon, I will have a video where I take the legs down to final thickness, cut a groove in them, and get them ready for accepting tenons for the various case components.

    If you'd like to stay up to date on the real-time progress for the sideboard, check my instagram account, below. There, you'll see that I'm actually moving along at quite the pace, considering I'm not using any electricity except for lighting and heat (ha!) and since I've got a family and a full-time job!
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Comments • 28

  • Michael Perez
    Michael Perez 11 months ago +1

    That slab is so gorgeous. The color is perfect

  • Ted Hopp
    Ted Hopp Year ago +1

    So how much did the legs change shape a day or two after being released from the slab?

    • Ted Hopp
      Ted Hopp Year ago +1

      Yes, that's always a wise move.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago +1

      Nevertheless, I’m glad I took precautions.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago +1

      Not a ton! But there was a bit of twist, maybe 1/16 max over the length. I’ve actually already taken them to final shape, and they are quite stable!

  • Pruette Plemens
    Pruette Plemens Year ago +1

    Beautiful legs

  • LastingBuild
    LastingBuild Year ago +1

    Just found your channel!👍

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      I'll check it out! Thanks!

    • LastingBuild
      LastingBuild Year ago +1

      The HandToolery it looks like we have similar interests! You might like my channel as well. It’s new but having fun sharing my projects!

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Sweet! Welcome! And thanks for stopping by!

  • Art Wood Sculpture
    Art Wood Sculpture Year ago +1

    Great tut !!!

  • Twisted Woodshop
    Twisted Woodshop Year ago +1

    Great tutorial! Lots of good information. Taking the time to pick out the best grain pattern is going to pay off for sure.

  • Wood By Wright
    Wood By Wright Year ago +1

    yes, it is. Love walnut!

  • Make Brooklyn
    Make Brooklyn Year ago +2

    Well done. Long rip cuts are a workout for sure but well worth it for the satisfaction of an entirely hand built piece!

  • Barry Manilowa
    Barry Manilowa Year ago +1

    LOL! Why punish yourself when you have a bandsaw? You don't need the exercise. Do you know the wear and tear you're inflicting on your joints? Save them while you're still young because they won't be in that condition in another 10 or 20 years.

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago +1

      Haha! I do look at it as exercise and muscle toning. And thanks for saying I don’t need it though :) I’ve been trying to get back into shape since our kids were born and I’ve had less time to just about everything.
      Funny enough, my bandsaw blade snapped the day I started this project as I was trying to cut that template stick real quick. I didn’t even put the wood to the blade-it just snapped when it started to spin. Besides, I’ve decided this will be 100% hand tools, just for the challenge. Cheers!

  • Brian Schnurr
    Brian Schnurr Year ago

    Wow those are straight cuts!

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Thanks, man! If you watch the Wood by Wright channel, he just put out a video about cutting straight by hand--yesterday in fact! Basically, it's just a matter of following your line. Use the sides of the teeth to nibble away material if you start to drift to one side, that will take you back to where you want to go. So if you drift left, use the side of the teeth to nibble to the right. Also, I take very steep cuts from time to time to establish a kerf that my saw follows more easily. I have a video of me ripping a 2x4 down the middle that goes into some detail. But mostly, just practice! You got it man! Oh, and if you're not too confident and you need a precise cut, just leave some room for error--I made all my pieces 1/4" wider than they needed to be, just in case!

    • Brian Schnurr
      Brian Schnurr Year ago +1

      It's very impressive. I need to practice more. I would love to be able to what you just did!

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago

      Haha! Thanks! I'm getting quite a bit of practice on this one. Just yesterday, I must have spent 3-4 hours ripping down pieces by hand, and it does get easier to stay straight. This, however, was a bit of a challenge because of the thickness. Not only did it take longer to cut through, but also if you are out of plumb at all, it is magnified over the 2" thickness. So I made sure to really just take my time and get it right!

  • Keilanny Lima
    Keilanny Lima Year ago +1

    👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👌👌👌 o trabalho esta incrivel

    • The HandToolery
      The HandToolery  Year ago +1

      Valeu!! Ontem fiz muito progresso e estou ficando bem empolgado porque já tenho todos os pedaços cortados. Falta muito ainda, mas é progresso, sim!