Table legs with burl tops
I have been experimenting with the problem of how to create table legs sufficiently attractive to complement the curly grain of burls and slabs. These two tables show how it is possible to treat this problem – about 13 individual wood laminates bent and glued on a form. The bending angle is extreme, so the wood laminate thickness is crucial (2mm). At the bend, two dowels are embedded perpendicular to the grain to prevent later delamination; the dowels are then hidden by the final inside and outside laminates. The final shape of the body and toe is achieved with an angle grinder and sandpaper. The toe must be bent and glued to rough shape at the same time as the main bend. Attaching the single-piece leg to the underside of the table requires considerable care, or the table will not sit horizontally. I have now bent oak, walnut and cherry legs using this method.