Cabriole Footstool

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Project by agibbs posted 11-27-2015 03:40 AM 1252 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try my hand at some cabriole legs and I had some offcuts of walnut sitting around from a project I finished over a year ago. A foot stool seemed a little more manageable for a test project than a lowboy or other classic cabriole leg piece, and given how long it ended up taking me I’m glad I didn’t bite off something larger. I don’t have a lathe so I decided to put slipper feet on the legs rather than the more traditional turned pad feet.

The legs fit exactly in the width of 9/4 walnut board I had, so I was not able to orient them for the best grain on the finished leg—something I’d definitely do in the future if I were to actually purchase lumber specifically for the project. You can see that things were cramped enough that part of the live edge showed up in one of the legs. I cut the knee block out of the same edge so that it would match across the joint and now it’s a “design feature.”

This was also my first attempt at upholstery, which ended up being surprisingly manageable. This involved 2” upholstery foam attached to 3/8” plywood, some upholstery fabric and a lot of staples.

The finish is two coats Tried & True BLO and a third coat of Tried & True oil and wax. I learned a lot of valuable lessons for when (if?) I tackle cabriole legs again, but I’m still very pleased with the final product.


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#1 posted 11-27-2015 03:43 AM

That is just plain delightful.

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#2 posted 11-27-2015 03:58 AM

That came out nice. Your choice to cut the knee block out of the live edge was a good one.

Great job!

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#3 posted 11-27-2015 02:15 PM

You made the legs? Nice looking footstool. I want to make one but yours is out of my league.

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 12:36 AM

Nice looking footstool. I like the look of the slipper foot, but you can make pad feet without a lathe. Not a fast as if you had a lathe, but surely can be done. Nice work. Added to favorites.

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 12:57 AM

Great looking footstool! The legs look very nice, and the upholstery turned out beautifully!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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