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Our local woodworker's guild decided on Glen Huey's Connecticut Lowboy from a 2014 Poplar Woodworking article for a group build in January. I decided on walnut (basically because I had the 12/4 necessary for the legs) although we also had members use cherry, sapele and mahogany. Fortunately, we have a talented woodworker that served as our mentor through the build process. Build went fairly well and we followed Mr. Huey's plans pretty closely although we changed the legs slightly at the point where they connect with the bottom molding and we didn't angle the drawer sides as he describes in the article. This was my first attempt at cabriole legs and really any amount of carving in a project. Pretty happy with the results. This furniture style is not really my style but I wanted to try it at least once and it fits in with the foyer in the house. Walnut with poplar secondary wood, finish is BLO followed by a wiping varnish and a coat of black wax.

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beautiful ….no doubt will turn into a very nice family heirloom….... GREAT JOB :<))
 

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I love what you traditional woodworkers do to show us how it is supposed to be done! I am slowly getting there - but have a long way to go before I try something like that. Classic design and beautiful job! I look forward to someday approaching that kind of skill!
 

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Matt, that is really lovely. Those classic designs are something I want learn. I really envy your talent being able to build such a wonderful piece.
 

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absolutely beautiful … gr8 work !!!!!!
 

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Amazing!
 

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looks awesome!
 

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Classic design. Excellent attention to detail
 

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Beautiful!
 

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Showy piece. It simply isn't true that "They just don't make them like they used to anymore." Here's proof it's still being done.
 

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Beautiful Lowboy! I've not seen one in walnut, and it looks great. Superb work that'll get handed down to future generations!
 

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That is incredible work, well done. The legs seem impossible to get symmetrical.
 

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That's beautiful! I just watched a number of videos on making a Cabriole leg and was syching myself up to make a dresser with them. How was the beading done? I really like how it flows from the leg onto the main piece.
 

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Todd - for most of the molding, it was cut on the bandsaw. first, I cut the profile in the apron, then transferred the profile to the molding blank. this was cut on the bandsaw and fit with a spindle sander. For the half-round in the center of the front apron, this radius was too small for that so this molding is laminated from 4 or 5 slices and glued around a template. All the moldings were rounded over with chisels and sandpaper. The leg portion of the molding was rough-carved prior to assembly of the case. After the case was assembled, the leg and applied molding were blended together with chisels and sandpaper. Lots of sanding!
 

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Beautiful craftsmanship.
 
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