Crotch table  part 2

The first stage in designing the new table was to lay out the old legs underneath the crotch, support them with clamps and let them carry the crotch without any fasteners. This way I could step back and look at the new "composition", without resorting to time consuming methods, such as screwing the legs' cast iron plates onto the underside of the crotch. This technique allowed me to revisit the layout; by moving the legs in and out of location, and by turning them few degrees to the left or to the right, I was able to find the most agreeable design.

After deciding on the location of the leg, I started thinking about how to change them and make them more unique. The original legs were tapered on all four sides. I decided to add additional facets to the existing tapers. I built a "V" shaped jig and held the legs in a vise. I then used a hand plane and planed the new facets.

In my next blog entry I will show you the finished piece….

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.