Step 2: Legs

The legs are laminated with glue and nails. Before applying glue to adjoining pieces, rip and crosscut 3/4 in. poplar to size. Stack them so they're aligned and drive a nail at each end so the points just poke through the top piece. Then, apply a light coat of glue, use the nail points to align the pieces and drive the nails. Add additional nails to bring each joint tight. After making a three-piece core for each leg, add the shorter leg-face pieces that create the notches for the rails. Use the same techniques to add the two shorter pieces to the outside edges of the leg blanks, taking care that the bottom end of each piece is held perfectly flush to the leg core.
Everything I need to know to make this table is here. Great instructable. <br>
I've been noticing a number of posts on this site lately where people keep asking things like &quot;can't you just buy this?&quot; ... yes you could. but then all you would have learned is how to buy yet another 'Made in China' product. If YOU make it, then you have learned something, usually something that will apply elsewhere in life. and it's also like growing your own veggies... after all is said n' done, it probably would be cheaper/easier to simply buy veggies from the store, but then you have NO idea what was or was not done to get those veggies to that point. so making it yourself can be better, if not at least more rewarding n' fun than simply buying one from the store. ;-) . on a lil' side note, many years ago I took classes at that school, never knew there was a relation to the table... I'd always figured it had something to do with a modern twist on the mission style furniture or somethin'. I figured it had to do with a Parson from the church, thanks for the info.<br>
Can you not buy these things fron IKEA?
those are 5.00 at IKEA
heh, of all the questions, Can you buy it? I'm pretty sure you can buy most of the things on instructables. :P
Yes. I have 3 :)
Original instructions and sketches here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/workshop/2846191.html">http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/workshop/2846191.html</a> if anyone is still interested in building one of these. <br/>
These sketches are very hard to read! They could use a quick darkening.
Very well done, clear, good illustrations and interesting. Always wondered why they are call "Parsons" tables. Thanks for sharing.

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