The Craftsman's Path #21: Queen Anne Side Table - Leg mortises, knee blocks and posts

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 01-04-2008 07:12 PM 2074 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Queen Anne Side Table - More leg shaping Part 21 of The Craftsman's Path series Part 22: Queen Anne Side Table - Cutting tenons on the aprons »

I’ve been progressing on the legs for the Queen Anne Side Table. In my last post, I had shaped the feet and reworked the heel transitions on the legs. This left the tasks of adding and shaping the knee blocks, cutting the mortises and trimming the posts to final size to be done. There’s more on this with a bunch of pictures of the process in this post on my blog. Thanks for reading!

Completed Leg Mortises

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 07:34 PM

This will be an interesting read Mark. Not too many people here willing to tackle a Queen Anne project.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 08:04 PM

the legs seem to be talking to each other. I think they are saying, “Hey. You look pretty sweet! Mark did a nice job, don’t you think?”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 08:10 PM

Queen Anne – intimidating.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 08:58 PM


I’m not sure if the legs did any talking to each other but, I may have been talking to myself at times during the shaping process with these legs! It has been a fairly long process but so far, very rewarding.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 09:31 PM

Congrats on taking on the challenge. looks like you are well on your way. Good luck!

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 11:22 PM


Intimidating?...Yes, a bit. However, that’s exactly why I decided to give this a try. I had never attempted a period piece of furniture before but I was inspired to try. Like you, my feeling is that every new piece brings the opportunity to build some new skills…I’m learning lots on this one, for sure!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 06:02 AM


Very nice work, the legs, especially the knee aprons look great. I’m going to have another go on this project, the next one will be done with walnut vs the cherry one I posted

I’ll be following your blog, it’s interesting how we get the same results buy using different techniques. For instance, your mortises are cut on with the router vs mine were done on the drill press.

Good luck with the rest of the project, looks like you’re off to a great start.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 07:21 AM

Great work Mark – fun to see the process – and the progress…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 04:40 PM

Bob A – Thanks. Yes, I guess there are always a few ways to get to the desired results. I do tend to favor the router for mortising because of the clean results that can be obtained. I’ve see your Queen Anne Dressing Table – very nice work. Please keep following along. I’d like to hear about how you approached certain aspects of the project.

Dorje – Thanks to you as well. Things are moving along. Hopefully, I will be able to get the joinery completed on the aprons this weekend.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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