The first step in carving out the table legs I began with the side scrolls and front flutes at the bottom of the leg. Before I start carving I always hone or sharpen any knife I will be using that have any small chips in the edge. This will give you a nice clean smooth cut when carving. For the table legs I used Genuine Mahogany it is a great carving wood and I think it has a cleaner cut than basswood because of it’s tight grain.
To layout the legs I made a drawing template out of a poster board which is a thicker piece of paper for the pencil to follow when transferring it to the Mahogany. I used a cutting mat and scalpel to cut out the side and front templates. Using a template is an important step this will insure that all four table legs will match up to each other.
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Drawing the carving lines in with a pencil and template.
Completion of the pencil lines, ready for carving.
Stab cutting into the scroll lines, using a mallet to tap the knife into the wood about 1/8” deep. Use different carving knifes to match up to the radius.
Using a 12mm # 3 Fishtail carving knife to Relief cut up to the stab cut. Keep repeating these two steps, “Stab & Relief” cutting. Leaving the center of the scroll the highest point and carving deeper as you move outward around the scroll.
Matching up your knifes to the scroll, for carving in a reveal around the edge of the scroll.
Using a 20mm #2 carving gouge to flaten up to the end of the scroll.
Using a 18mm #18 Carving gouge to carve in the flutes into the face.
Using a 7mm #8a spoon gouge to carve in the lower flutes.
Using a 15mm #9 carving gouge to carve in the section of the flutes.
Stab cutting the side profile on the side of the leg.
Relief cutting out the sides.
Cleaning up the sides.
Putting a radius on the edges of the flutes. Using the carving knife upside down.
Putting a radius on the lower section of leg.
Smooth out the carving marks by using different files
The finished Lower section of one table leg.
-- Dennis Zongker