Chippendale Style Chairs #1: Making Cabriole Legs

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Blog entry by Dennis Zongker posted 05-07-2022 11:06 PM 889 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m making two Chippendale style side chairs, to go with the hallway table that I have already designed and made. The design of these chairs are similar in style with the same grape & leaf carvings with scrolls. Both the chairs and hallway table are made out of American black walnut. I’ve been working on the Back splat and crest rail, it sure is a lot of fun and a challenge so far. Thank you for looking and happy woodworking!

Gluing up the four legs.

Jointing them square before cutting to length.

Drawing the shape using a template.

Layout of the legs and mortise & tenons.

Chisel Mortise

First bandsaw cut for the cabriole legs

Showing cut out

With tape stick the cut off pieces back on to cut out the other side

The first Cabriole leg

With a compass layout the bottom foot.

Rasping the legs.

Drawing in the shop of the leg.




And more rasping. lol

Getting ready to start carving.

Using a paper template to start drawing in the shapes.

Repeat drawing.

Drawing in darker lines.

Stab cutting in the outlines.

Relief carving up to the stab cuts.


Carving to the rail line.

Carving the leafs

Carving the grapes.

Veining the leafs.

Layout of the knee return.

Cutting out the The knees on the bandsaw.

Gluing on the knee.


Showing the front 90 degree and side 7 degree of the knee returns.

Rasping the 7 degree angle onto the top of leg.

Rasping the 7 degree angle.

Side scroll layout.




And more carving.

Filing smooth.


The back side of the four Cabriole Legs.

The finished Cabriole Legs.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 05-08-2022 12:41 AM

I am always amazed by your talent Dennis.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 05-08-2022 12:43 AM

dennis,wow talk about “hot” legs man.i wish i had the patience to do work even close to that.i bow to you !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 05-08-2022 01:01 AM

Dennis, you should come work with me. I think you could really learn a lot,
you just have to put up with my dyslexia, sometimes I get things backwards.

Nice work, I enjoy seeing the process, thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 05-08-2022 01:20 AM

Thanks for posting, I think I speak for many of us when I say we love seeing your process.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 05-08-2022 02:19 AM

Great blog post with plenty of pictures.
I agree with Paul. Its great to see your process.
Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 05-08-2022 03:06 AM

Gorgeous work Dennis… always. You’re the man.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 05-08-2022 04:07 AM

Beautiful Dennis!

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

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#8 posted 05-08-2022 06:00 AM

The possibility to follow the making process of this four legs is so nice! Thank you very much for sharing. I enjoy it.


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#9 posted 05-08-2022 11:20 AM

I learn so much watching you work! I appreciate the opportunities you offer…


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#10 posted 05-08-2022 02:34 PM

to me its bitter sweet to see all your very beautiful work cause i know i will never have that talent

A VERY GREAT JOB :<))))))))))))))))

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

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#11 posted 05-09-2022 05:06 PM

Thank you lumberjack Buddys for the very kind complements. It’s very much appreciated.

A lot of pictures on this Blog 43, total. I took out ten just so it wouldn’t be so long. lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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