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09-24-2014 04:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: square leg profile leg table leg cnc leg

I found a design for a square table leg with a profile cut in each side, but I’m curious how you would make it without the use of CNC:

My first thought is to cut the tapered and bottom portion on each side with a band saw, and use a router on the rest? Or CNC only? The paragraph on the webpage says it was traditionally done with a coping saw.

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 05:20 PM

Suddenly the Osborne prices don’t look so bad!

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 05:29 PM

I agree. I’m planning this for a farm table to put in my dining room and I’m considering purchasing them from Osborne, but I want to be able to say that I built the whole thing without cheating!

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 06:09 PM

I have used Osborne for all the heavily profiled legs that I have used. Great company using top line equipment to make their products.
I will make my tapered stuff, but they (Osborne) can make ‘em a lot quicker and less expensively than I can.
I’m not a purist. Just want the best process to achieve the end result.


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#4 posted 09-24-2014 06:12 PM

i would make it in quarters with a hollow ish center. then make it in sections along the way.


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#5 posted 09-24-2014 06:22 PM

I’d either buy them or simplify the style to fit my design, ie taper the stick, tape cutoffs back on, BS the coves, then look to my bits and see what I could dress it up with using straight passes on the router table.

That said, I don’t think you have to feel you’re cheating if you buy the legs, after all you buy hardware right? slides screws, pulls etc. just think of the legs as hardware!

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 07:33 PM

If I had to build those, I’d probably do the bulk with compound cuts on a bandsaw then figure out how to tune my profile planes or make scratch stock.

However, like most other people, I’d just buy the legs from Osbourne. There’s no shame in admitting that someone else is both faster and better at making certain products. I’m not going to try building one of those for $50. is another resource I’ve used. They’ve got some columns I couldn’t find elsewhere. Those interested can click the link below to see how I used them.

Custom Statue Pedestal

I’m capable of turning those legs but decided it wasn’t economical.


Forgot I could just link to the picture so it shows up here. This will save people some clicking.

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