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Charles Neil build along mahogany lowboy "series" #6: week

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Charles Neil lowboy build-along, #6

Let’s address some points regarding shaping the legs. When watching Charles, he showed a number of ways to shape the legs and the process included a number of different tools and techniques. The approaches I have taken include some of those tools and Charles’ techniques and some are my own experiments, to see what worked best for me. Ultimately, whatever works for you and gets the end results… that’s the best for you as long as it’s safe. After all, we all have different tools and experience.

Last week we started band sawing our cabriole legs for the lowboy and now we begin the shaping and sanding of the foot and pad and shaping of the legs

Here’s all the cut off from bandsawing.

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Now the shaping begins.

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Even though the legs look a bit scary during this operation, it can be done safely if you have the lathe speed turned down as low as possible and you’re careful where your knuckles are when sanding, when the legs are turning on the lathe.

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http://mw.charlesneilwoodworking.com/

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The knee after shaping.

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Next week we will move on to getting the legs grooved and morticed.

Remember, the techniques I’ve gathered are from Charles Neils subscription online webisode, “Mastering Woodworking”

http://mw.charlesneilwoodworking.com/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture



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OutPutter

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#1 posted 1529 days ago

Beautiful demonstration of master craftmanship. I don’t know why anyone ever wanted to do this bad enough to figure it out in the first place but, wow, it does look impressive. Even more when you get to see the dirty back room fixins.

Keep up the blog Jim, you do a fantastic job of describing the process.

Best,

-- Jim

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ND2ELK

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#2 posted 1529 days ago

Hi Jim

Very impressive build on the legs. I know this will be a wonderful piece of furniture when done. I have enjoyed your blog series on this. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 1529 days ago

good job jim..i enjoy seeing a leg made that takes so much work and different machines to get it there…make one appreciate it when its done..this is a challange huh….getts the ole mind thinging…......lol…......no time for naps huh…lol….......ok…enough old jokes…thanks for the blog

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Rotceh

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#4 posted 1529 days ago

great work and great description

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1529 days ago

Jim,
Great tutorial on the legs. This has been a fantastic blog series. Well done.

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#6 posted 1529 days ago

Jim,
Great blog !! It has given me a renewed appreciationfor fine woodworking.Thanks for posting.I’m looking forward to next week.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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poroskywood

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#7 posted 1529 days ago

Awesome Jim. The curves on this leg seem very deep and sweeping giving them a lot of character. Is this just a standard cut or does the design of this particular set of legs call for such extreme curves? They look great.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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stefang

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#8 posted 1529 days ago

Great and detailed blog Jim. A wonderful result so far. Loved the Emmert vise too.

I can’t help wondering if it would be easier to do the mortising before cutting out the leg shape. There is probably a good reason for this that I’ve missed.

Looking forward to the next chapter. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Walt M.

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#9 posted 1529 days ago

Great job on the leg and the blog. It’s very interesting to see this done.

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Hacksaw007

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#10 posted 1529 days ago

Wow, humbling. I would have been reaching for my belt sander and orbital…....gulp. Old school ways are neat and great looking. You are amasing! Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#11 posted 1529 days ago

Wonderful stuff! I love learning as you go…

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gmerteng

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#12 posted 1528 days ago

Really nice stuff jim the legs look great. Thanks for the posting.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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Karson

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#13 posted 1528 days ago

Jim A great job of shaping the legs. Nice job and a great set of instructions.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 1528 days ago

thank´s for sharing
ceep let them come
I enjoy to see how you do it

Dennis

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#15 posted 1528 days ago

Jim you’re doing a great job on the blog and of course on the build as well. Watching this lowboy progress is impressive. Thanks for taking time away from the wood to document your progress with us.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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