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

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Blog entry by a1Jim posted 05-16-2010 05:45 AM 5485 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Here’s the point where we are starting from…

long way to go1





Now the shaping begins.











look down

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.



Photobucket Charles points out, for those who want to make exact measurements, that to make the legs all alike, will drive themselves crazy. His statement, that he makes repeatedly regarding the legs, is, “ if they look alike, they are alike”.



The knee after shaping.



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”

-- Custom furniture

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 06:42 AM

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.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 07:08 AM

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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 09:06 AM

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…… time for naps huh…lol….......ok…enough old jokes…thanks for the blog

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

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 10:58 AM

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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#5 posted 05-16-2010 11:01 AM

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 12:13 PM

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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#7 posted 05-16-2010 01:03 PM

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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#8 posted 05-16-2010 01:22 PM

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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#9 posted 05-16-2010 02:29 PM

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

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#10 posted 05-16-2010 02:30 PM

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 05-16-2010 02:51 PM

Wonderful stuff! I love learning as you go…

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#12 posted 05-16-2010 03:31 PM

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

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#13 posted 05-16-2010 03:37 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 05-16-2010 04:37 PM

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


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#15 posted 05-16-2010 04:49 PM

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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