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A friend asked if I could make a new piece for a table. His dad fell last week and broke the piece shown on the dining table in their RV.

He said it was a support (one of four) underneath the table. I didn't get the full picture, but it bolts to the center of the table support and supports the top.

Sure. I can do that.

So, this project will be incorporated into the current project. I should be able to make him a new one. I found some oak pieces at the local big box store that are 2x2x36 inches. The thickness looks about right. Time do some careful measuring, cutting and a glue up.

I will get him fixed up. We might even have some stain that can be used. I will have to discuss this with the finishing department. :grin:

More coming soon.
 

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Probably not a big deal but I'm surprised, they're using it for support, but they didn't make the grain run diagonal ( bolts run with grain) by using a wider board they could have accomplish this. In my opinion
 

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I think this piece is attached to the center section at the base. I remember the guy saying that one piece is to level the leg. The bolts fit through holes and the nuts are attached from inside the center piece.

I am going to duplicate it as best I know how. My next thought is to figure out how to drill the holes for the bolts. They are the furniture kind with lag bolt threads for the part that goes into the wood and threaded for 5/16 nuts on the other end. I hope I can adjust my drill press to allow drilling the holes perpendicular. That is for another day. Gotta take my sweetie to dinner...and let the glue dry!
 

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Mike I own a factory center guide jig but you can make one and use a hand drill put a nail on either side of the board and twist then drill center hole
 
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Trace pattern on the board drill the hole then cut it out
 

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Done. This project turned out to be quick and easy!

Thanks to @Semipro , I decided to run in to Rockler this morning and pick up that little center line jig. Yeah, I know, I could make one, but sometimes you just gotta pick your battles, and this wasn't one of them. Rockler is only about 13 miles one way so not too bad if you don't consider Monday morning traffic. Fortunately, there was only one wreck to deal with, so the trip was fairly uneventful.

The work piece was too thick, so I set up my router planing jig and shaved some off each side. Dang, I sure am liking this thing. My poor old planer is setting in the background with a hurt look on it's face! :surprise::grin:

Duplicating the table leg actually turned out to be easy. I squared up the work piece on the table saw, then laid out the outline of the new leg. Then carefully measured the location for the holes and laid out the center line using the little jig.

However, the work piece was too tall to use on the drill press, so I made a drill block, clamped it to the work piece and carefully drilled the holes. Even though I had a mark on the drill bit, I stopped and checked the depth several times.

Before going any further, I hammered home a new "T" nut for the leg leveler. It looks like this was an add-on someone had done because the hole was off center and the prongs of the "T" nut were mashed flat. Not any more. I had some new ones in inventory :surprise: so I used one. Good as new.

Then I cut out the shape of the leg on the band saw, sanded it with the oscillating spindle sander, and finally, rounded the edges with a round-over bit mounted in the router table. A little sanding, and this job is complete.

Note: The little Rockler jig worked well.

After I gather my thoughts, I will post a separate thread on how I drilled those holes with a hand held drill.
 

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Good job, Mike . do those bolts thread into the wooden leg. or do they have lag bolt threads in the wood?
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Lag bolt threads. Here are a couple of pictures. I was doing some testing to see what size drill bit I needed to use.
 

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