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To offer four faces with quartersawn white oak on each leg, the leg centers are glued then planed to 1-5/8" x 1-3/8". Then the 1/8" or 1/4" oversize "skins" of quartersawn veneer are glued to the flat-sawn faces. After the glue dries, plane the legs to their finished 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" dimension.

To offer four faces with quartersawn white oak on each leg, the leg centers are glued then planed to 1-5/8" x 1-3/8".


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I make a leg template on thin plywood (right) and trace the pattern on two adjacent sides of the leg blank (left). I then band saw the piece to shape (center).Mark each of the pieces as either inside or outside, as well as the ends that will need rabbet cuts, to avoid making mistakes once you're at the machine.