The Craftsman's Path #20: Queen Anne Side Table - More leg shaping

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 12-23-2007 05:47 PM 1627 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Queen Anne Side Table - Turning and shaping the feet Part 20 of The Craftsman's Path series Part 21: Queen Anne Side Table - Leg mortises, knee blocks and posts »

I was out of town last weekend for a family wedding so, progress on the table was stalled a bit. I got some more time in the shop yesterday and went to work shaping the legs for the table toward their final state. I had started this process before my trip but, I was not quite happy with some parts of the effort. The trip away allowed me to think about how I wanted to approach making changes for the better. You can read about my progress at my blog where there are a lot of pictures of the process. Thanks for reading!

Shaping the legs

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 12-23-2007 11:39 PM

Mark this has been an interesting read. I’m curious about your rasps and files. What brand of rasps do you use? I’ve been looking for a set of rasps and am considering the Auriou rasps. They are a bit pricey so would be interested in your thoughts on brands.

My understanding is that the rasps with teeth that are not uniformly spaced are actually better than the ones with evenly spaced teeth because they leave a smoother surface.

I want to introduce these shaping tools to my woodworking so I can fiddle with making odd shaped boxes that there would be no way to make with machines. I think they will help me be a bit more artistic with my work. I’ve used all kinds of very small rasps/files in my scroll saw work but never anything large like boxes.

Thanks for your thoughts. I look forward to reading more of this blog as you progress along.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 04:10 PM


Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog.

With respect to rasps, I do not have anything fancy. I know that the Auriou rasps are supposed to be the cream of the crop. I have been using a couple of things: The Microplane with both coarse and fine blades in both flat and curved profiles (nice because it creats little shavings rather than dust), a Nicholson half round coarse rasp/file and a Nicholson Bastard Cut mill file. These, along with a card scraper and some sand paper have served me well. I don’t think that you could get one Auriou rasp for what I paid for all of these tools! Having said that, the random cut rasps are the best. I know that Nicholson also makes #49 and #50 pattern makers rasps that are random cut and well regarded.

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 08:53 PM

Thanks Mark. I’m definitely going have to put the Auriou on the back burner because of the cost. I looked over the Mircroplanes on the net and they are not hugely expensive. Woodcraft carries them and so I picked up a set today. I’m going to try them out later on. I like the idea of little dust. I’ll have to give the Nicholoson’s a look see also. I’ll let you know my progress.

I’m really getting a kick out of these hand tools. It’s so much more fun than the loud noise of the power tools.

Looking forward to your progress on this project.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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