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Blog entry by Lazy_K posted 10-23-2015 06:00 PM 877 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just sort of a progress report I am making 2 stools for Rittenhouse Needlepoint.
one is tots rectilinear walnut. dull
the other is more interesting
they wanted pale or white wood “like pine” and a square cabriole leg. Obviously pine would not do, but I have this nice white beech on hand…

I’ll post these under the finished projects when I get them done.

If any of you are leary about making a cabriole leg like this, let me tell you, it’s dead simple (especially if you have a bandsaw)
on thin stock, draw one side profile of the leg that you think would look good. cut this out and smooth it nicely. here’s mine for this project. Make it good and keep it and re-use it as needed.

use it to draw on 2 sides of your stock. Then head to your band saw. from both sides cut down into the pattern but do not cut completely away (I leave @ 1/4” in the bottom of the valleys cutting “down from both sides) cut most of all of the cuts then go back around and cut those little bits you left. Now you have a very crude rough leg. use your pattern again to sort of re-establish the lines and use what you have. disc sander and or spindle sander, rasps, sureforms, chisels, gouges.. whatever you have (sandpaper wrapped around a stick) . Power tools simply go faster not better. a four-in-hand rasp can make quick work of this. smooth it up and assemble.

TIP: Always make 5 legs. if you “mess one up” you still have 4. if you don’t mess one up, then you have an “Example” to show other folks what you can do. If you only start by making 4 and fubar one you have to start all over.

-- Kai SaerPren

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 07:13 PM

You make it look easy!

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 07:36 PM

Love it! But I want to see how you are cutting and shaping the leg!

-- ~Kate - - Fiber is fiber be it wood or wool.

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 07:12 PM

look at my next blog post for details on how I make these legs

-- Kai SaerPren

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