HowTo Cut Thin Strips

To cut the thin strips needed for the laminated legs, first install a good rip blade on your table saw. Then just set your fence a hair wider than Vg" and rip the strips. Make sure to block attached to the fence. With a 100-grit sleeve on the drum, all you need to do is pull each strip through the drum to leave a smooth, flat surface ready for glue-up.

use a push block with a small heel to safely hold the thin pieces.

Now you can remove the saw marks by using a sanding drum on your drill press and a support

Rip blade

Support attached to fence-,

Sanding drum

With the strips for the legs cut and the template shaped and sanded, you're ready to build the bending forms. The box at the bottom of the page shows you how that's done.

After you've completed the form, it's a good idea to give it a coat of finish and thoroughly wax the surfaces that will come in contact with glue. This way, you'll have a much easier time removing the pieces.

(LAMP THE FORMS. After you've completed the glue "sandwich," just tip it on its side, as shown in Fig. 2, bend it around the form, and use a couple dowels to hold the lamination secure. Then move the outside form into position and add a single clamp (Fig. 3) in the center to hold things in place. Now you can add more clamps to the form, alternating between the right and left side of center, slowly bringing the pieces together. Use a piece of scrap and a mallet (detail 'a') to tap the strips flat against the bottom of the form.

GLUE THE LAMINATIONS. Once the form is built, you're ready to start gluing up the legs. One thing to keep in mind here is that you'll be covering a lot of surface and it can be time-consuming. So it's important to use a glue that gives you plenty of open time before it sets up. I used Titebond Extend, a strong PVA glue that provides extra open time.

How you apply the glue is also important. You can roll or brush it on, but you'll need to make sure to fully cover every surface to prevent voids in the lamination (Fig. 1).

Use brush to spread glue

Stack glued strips together to form "sandwich"

Hardwood — strip

Use mallet and scrap to tap strips flush damp from the center outward

Dowels temporarily hold the strips in place during glue-up

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