Grapes & Vines, Carving & Marquetry #4: Glue, Bandsaw, Rasp, & Carve the Cabriole Legs

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 07-24-2021 11:38 PM 1306 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is one of three cabriole table legs made out of American Black Walnut that gets attached to the hallway table that I’m making.
Here are some step pictures that I took to finish one leg, now two legs left. This is very fun carving the Grapes & leafs. Thank you for looking.

Cutting the hardwood to width on the table saw.

Cutting the walnut hardwood to length on a miter saw.

Sanding the walnut flat with 150 grit sandpaper.

After blowing off the dust I use a paint roller to spread the glue

Gluing up one leg, with side blocks and clamps to keep all four pieces square

Cut all four pieces out of one slab of wood to match up the cups in the woodgrain.

With a paper template to draw in the cutout lines.

Cutting out the front face piece of the leg, and save the fall off,
to tape back to the leg for cutting the side profile.

With the bandsaw I cut out the profit side of the leg.

With paper templates I draw in all the carving lines.

With different size carving gouges, to carve in the flutes.

With a #2 20mill carving gouge to flatten the two outer faces.

With a #7 8mill carving gouge for carving out around the foot.

Carving the area around the carving down 3/8” for the grapes and leafs.

Stab cutting with carving gouges for the side scrolls

Cutting around the scroll with flatter gouges.

Rasping the legs round with legs.

Using paper templates to draw in the leafs and grapes.

Beginning the carving by stab and relief carving.

Stab cutting into the walnut hardwood.

Relief cutting the leafs lower to the grapes.

With a #9, 5mill carving gouge to start the depth of the leafs.

Using flatter gouges #3 , 8mill to smooth out the leafs.

Taking a look at the carving to see if the leafs are at a good depth to each other.

Carving in the grapes with a #3 , 6mill fishtail carving gouge upside down.

With a pencil I draw in the veins of the leafs.

With a v tool carving gouge to carve in the veins.

Using small files to smooth out the entire carving.

With sand paper and blocks I detail sand the complete leg and carving.

The completed Cabriole leg.

Showing the other to legs next to the finished one. It really shows how much more carving I have left.

A close up of the finished carving.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 07-24-2021 11:58 PM

Truly incredible workmanship as always.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

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#2 posted 07-25-2021 12:05 AM

Holy smokes, that’s beautiful! Are you finding it more difficult to get black walnut these days, what with the disease taking them out?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 07-25-2021 12:35 AM

Absolutely beautiful work.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#4 posted 07-25-2021 12:38 AM

Amazing work, looking great.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 07-25-2021 01:01 AM

Beautiful work!!!
Just So Nice!!!

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#6 posted 07-25-2021 01:24 AM

Wonderful Dennis!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 07-25-2021 02:04 AM

Nice job Dennis. I love looking at your work.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#8 posted 07-25-2021 02:35 AM

Thanks for bursting my bubble again Dennis…..........I mean seriously… Can the leaves rustle in the wind???
Always incredible and thanks for the layout of how it all comes together. say hi to Patti for me. When are you coming down to see me in Florida? Don’t come now, too humid and hot. I got some Iranian pink onyx you’d love to see.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 07-25-2021 04:28 AM


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 07-25-2021 07:27 AM

Always enjoying your contributions. Excellent.


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#11 posted 07-25-2021 02:21 PM

Wow. That is incredible!

-- Dan, TN

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#12 posted 07-25-2021 04:15 PM

Pretty awesome Dennis, you inspire us all! hope you and your family are doing well, Have a good remainder of the summer and greet Patti.

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#13 posted 07-25-2021 04:23 PM

MASTER :<)))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 07-26-2021 12:07 PM

Thank you everyone for the very kind complements.

Steven: Finding walnut it’s not too bad, the cost is much higher, than a year ago.

My wood suppliers say it has to do with China buying up large amounts.

Dan: It’s great to hear from you! How has your woodworking been going?

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 07-26-2021 01:35 PM

Just add my voice to say outstanding craftsmanship!

-- We live in the Land of the Free Because of the brave!

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