Zipsss Victorian Leg Rest

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jason posted 08-06-2008 07:47 AM 2270 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the leg rest posted by Lumberjock Zipsss. It’s quite comfortable. I made a couple of prototypes out of 1/2” baltic birch. This gives the piece a little “flex”, which I enjoy, but could be bad as it encourages me to sort of “rock” back and forth with it. The first proto failed where the half-moon supports meet the horizontal piece, so I dovetailed them in on the second. The first prototype may be salvageable; I’m putting in a few screws and dowels. Painted with milk paint – red over black over green, with Watco Danish oil finish (in progress). I sort of wish I had gone black over red, though.

-- Jason

8 comments so far

View Colin's profile


246 posts in 4599 days

#1 posted 08-06-2008 09:42 AM

very nice, I like to see models develop. Thanks for posting.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6866 posts in 4658 days

#2 posted 08-06-2008 10:57 AM

Hi Jason;

Nice construction details.

And the end result looks like it was worth the testing time.

Good job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

View Callum Kendall's profile

Callum Kendall

1918 posts in 4381 days

#3 posted 08-06-2008 01:56 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

View Sawdustonmyshoulder's profile


489 posts in 4306 days

#4 posted 08-06-2008 02:11 PM

Thanks for the post, Jason. I tip my hat to Zipsss also. Love the dovetails.

I am going to mark this in my favorites stack. You all have challenged me to make one and I am going to try to make one that is folding and lightweight. We may have the “latest” craze here!!!

I’ll give you all head start on the engineering. I have got several irons in the fire so I won’t be able to devote time to it until I am guessing Christmas of ‘09.

Keep us posted, Jason and Zipsss.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

View Bradford's profile


1434 posts in 4501 days

#5 posted 08-06-2008 02:24 PM

How does it work? (for those of us who missed Zipsss version)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

View Dominic Vanacora's profile

Dominic Vanacora

508 posts in 4548 days

#6 posted 08-07-2008 04:47 AM

It really doesn’t look like it would be comforable. I looked a Zippsss using his and he looks like he’s enjoying it. However my wife is a little tuffy, you know the type so maybe a gift for the coming Christmas. Not a bad idea.
Thanks for sharing you ideas.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

View Jason's profile


47 posts in 4301 days

#7 posted 08-07-2008 05:46 AM

Colin – while I am developing, I don’t know what gave you the idea I’m a model! I’ll take it as an all too rare compliment on my looks.
Bradford – it’s sort of difficult to describe its use; click on the Zipsss link in the description to see one being used.
Dominic – I think the comfort comes from the fact that your knees don’t get the hyper-extending pressure that they do when you make a bridge with your legs between the chair and ottoman. It is a little awkward to get all set up, but once you’re in place, it sort of makes your legs feel weightless.
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

-- Jason

View Zipsss's profile


209 posts in 4792 days

#8 posted 08-14-2008 12:25 AM

It looks great, and what a conversation piece. I think is comfortable in a Victorian way.

-- Zipsss

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics