Stool II, the making of a Cabriole leg

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Blog entry by Lazy_K posted 01-28-2016 07:11 PM 1439 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Because someone asked… making a cabriole leg, either round or squared isn’t nearly as hard as some think.

First: make up your pattern…
then draw it on the side and front of your leg stock.

then proceed to cut it out ;)
If you have a bandsaw, start on one side, leave a little (1/4”) uncut at the bottom of the cuts, so you’ll need to cut in from both ends. cut all of the cuts on this side like this, if there is an area on the “underside” (side away from your lines) you can cut it completely away if the leg will still be supported well.

Then rotate to the other side, most of your lines will still be there, refresh any you need to with the pattern.
Cut the pattern on this side completely away.

Now rotate to the best supported position and cut through those little spots you left before.

Now you just clean it up! really, you can use a spindle sander, or spokeshave, rasp, files , sanding blocks etc etc

and you have legs!

IF you do not have a bandsaw… cut down to the deep spots with a saw, then carve the rest….

count your fingers
be safe, be well

-- Kai SaerPren

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#1 posted 01-28-2016 10:00 PM

I love legs!

-- ~Kate - - Fiber is fiber be it wood or wool.

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 01:12 AM

Them are some sexy legs!

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