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Forum topic by MsDebbieP posted 09-30-2011 07:53 PM 2933 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2011 07:53 PM

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What are your tips, tricks, and strategies re: making table and chair legs?

(also add links to helpful blogs etc that are related to the topic)

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 09:57 PM

In my other life, as the Chair Doctor, I have to make duplicate legs for furniture when the originals break, wear or become lost (it happens).

But I have no secrets. I follow the original pattern in every way, without getting creative.

When I make chair or table legs for myself, the main rule is straight grain.

For curved legs I try to find wood with natural curves so the grain doesn’t run out.

When I do want to get creative I have a Legacy Ornamental Mill 1500EX that lets me go wild.


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#2 posted 10-01-2011 04:41 PM

check out this tutorial by John Fry

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 05:00 AM

Save your templates…all of them. Especially cabriole.
Keep double stick tape handy
Make sure your taper jig is SAFE
Spend the time to make a really good mortise jig for curved parts on chairs. Fit and finish is important
Spindle sander is your friend.

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