While making doors and sanding, I have been thinking about what to do with the bottoms of the legs for this project. I didn’t really think about it too much while I was doing the SU model. I thought I would leave that part of the detail to the building phase. Well, yesterday I thought I would try cutting an indent detail like on the Blacker Chair Legs. Here is an example of them in this beautiful execution by Darrell Peart. So I spent the better part of an hour making a jig yesterday evening and thinking about coming home and cutting them all day at work today (while the glue dried).
Well when I got home I went out to the shop and cut one in a piece of MDF scrap and set it up along side the leg.
Then I sat down fo a minute and looked at it and decided it just doesn’t look right. I don’t like the way the indent intrudes on the rails. They are just too low on this piece for that detail. I tried re-arranging the jig cutting the indent so it is closer to the floor. Still no go. There just isn’t enough room between the floor and the rails. So instead of trying to cram too many details into this piece, I think I’ll just round/taper the bottoms of the legs so they flow to an end and be satisfied with that.
Now I am beginning to wonder if ebony plugs will overwelm the design. If I do go ahead with them, they will definitely be very small and unobtrusive ~1/4”. I really like the lines of this piece and the mahogany grain is beautiful. I don’t want to ruin it with too much detail. There is already a lot going on with all the curves and offset panels.
Here is a shot with the doors sitting loosely in place. I only need to cut hinge mortices for the Brusso knife hinges and I will be ready for a glue up.
Off to the shop, I have some more sanding to do.
-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net