Cut Sections From One Thick Board To Create Invisible Joints

By carefully planning the cuts, a single 2-in.-thick board can be laid out to form leg-and-end assemblies that appear to be a single solid board. The legs are cut from the straight-grained edge of the board, and the ends are book-matched and laminated from resawn stock. When the legs join the ends, you're left with virtually invisible gluelines.

Legs and end-stock for both assemblies are laid out on a single board.

By carefully planning the cuts, a single 2-in.-thick board can be laid out to form leg-and-end assemblies that appear to be a single solid board. The legs are cut from the straight-grained edge of the board, and the ends are book-matched and laminated from resawn stock. When the legs join the ends, you're left with virtually invisible gluelines.

Legs and end-stock for both assemblies are laid out on a single board.

2-in.-thick stock

  1. Proper left front leg
  2. Proper right front leg
  3. Proper left rear leg
  4. Proper right rear leg
  5. Left end blank
  6. Right end blank
  7. Marks top ends of pieces

2-in.-thick stock

Once the ends have been laminated, legs and ends are planed at the same time to ensure uniform thickness.

Leftover stock

Leftover stock is sized and laminated so that the end can be built to the same thickness as the legs.

Colored rules indicate outside faces.

View of end grain at section A A

Leftover stock is sized and laminated so that the end can be built to the same thickness as the legs.

View of end grain at section A A

Once the ends have been laminated, legs and ends are planed at the same time to ensure uniform thickness.

Straight grain on legs meets straight grain on each end, disguising the glueline and leaving an assembly that appears to be a single, solid piece of wood.

Colored rules indicate outside faces.

A Parts 5a and 5b are

  • resawn, milled, and
  • book-matched at this edge to form the outer sides of the ends.

Leftover stock appearing too massive, an effect you get with many large case pieces. With lengths of 4 ft. and 5 ft. being common, the facade can be divided using drawers and doors (see drawings, p. 77).

In designing the mocked-up poplar sideboard seen on these pages, I wanted a simple piece with a country feel. In form, it refers to the Federal period but avoids the use of veneers, inlay, and hardware seen in period, high-style examples. To simplify constaiction, I decided on a small, four-

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