# Lathe not required - morphing square table legs to round

 Project by Scott posted 08-31-2017 09:45 PM 3156 views 0 times favorited 10 comments

I bought this table at an estate sale, but I thought the square legs might look better as round legs. So I just turned 4 sides into 8 sides then 8 sides to 16 sides, then used a rasp and voila, round legs. The first picture is the ‘before’ and the second picture is the ‘after’, followed by 4 sides, 8 sides, 16 sides.

Here I am marking the cardboard profile onto the 4 sides.

This shows the 4 sides after using a plane to cut down to the profile lines.

Now I am marking lines for the 8 sides. You can use an online octagonal calculator to get the width of each side. Since the top is larger than the bottom, you can just run one calculation for the top and one calculation for the bottom. I just marked it at the top and at the bottom and used a ruler between those marks to draw the line.

Here are the 8 sides after planing them down.

I repeat the process for 16 sides, using an online hexadecogon calculator to get the width of the sides at the top and bottom, and draw lines, and plane them down.

Then I used a rasp to round it off and to remove the bottom ball.

-- Scott in North Carolina