For this tutorial I going to use some pine I have laying around the shop. I glued up and number of pieces to get a blank big enough that my pattern will fit on them plus another 1/4’’ so. It’s real important that the blanks are square.
Once you’ve gotten this far it’s time to make your mortises where the apron fits the legs.
I have a few ways to make mortises but since these are going to be 3’’ long I’m going to use my slot mortiser which is an add on to my Felder Joiner/planer.
After the mortising is done it’s time to take it to my big band saw and do the straight cuts on the straight areas.
I start cutting from one end and cut about halfway along the line. I back it out of the cut, turn it around and cut from the other end meeting the other cut but I stop short so the piece does not fall off. This is so when I cut the pattern on other side I’ll have a flat surface to lay on the band saw table.
I cut all the curved lines leaving as above and when I’m done cutting I can break the pieces off and I’m left with a ruffed out leg.
Now I break all the pieces off and this is what I have at this point.
Now you have a layout line on the top and bottom of the foot. The circle on the bottom of the foot is smaller than on the top and so we’ll end up with a beveled foot when we connect the lines. But first were going to ruff chop off some to the waste wood.
The most difficult/time consuming part for me is make a nice transition where
the knee of the the leg meet the square part of the let. Here I use chisels, files and sand paper to work this area.
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