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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 05-07-2017 06:17 PM 547 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2017 06:17 PM

Building a Krenov inspire jewelry cabinet that will be on legs. I am thinking a design where the top of the legs are
1- 7/8” curved on two sides(front and outside), straight on two sides (Inside and Back) and will flare back out to
1-7/8” for the foot, similar to the attached pic. However, I am not sure how much curvature is enough or too much. I am thinking down to an equivalent of about 1” thickness. The legs will be approx 25” to 30” tall and made of mesquites. Should I also do this for the back legs or leave them straight/tapered normally. Is there a name for these type of legs?
Picture of a Krenov Cabinet showing legs

A Visio drawing of mine showing a comparison of tapers/curves. On teh left is approx 1-1/2” thvckness in the middle and on the right is approx 1” thickness. Drawings are to scale.

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 05-07-2017 07:14 PM

Check out the bevel on the inside corner
in the Krenov cabinet. I can’t tell if the
bevel is straight or tapered but it contributes
to the overall appearance more than you
might expect.

Krenov’s work is pretty subtle. He mentions
in his books making sample sets of legs
out of cheap wood a few time. I would
suggest you make some samples out of
pine 2×4 stock.

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#2 posted 05-07-2017 07:17 PM

Also, what you drew does not show the
leg style in the shown cabinet. Krenov
didn’t nip it in to start a curve at the
juncture with the apron.

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 07:21 PM

I second Loren’s suggestion. A 2D rendition will never give you the same information that a 3D mock-up will.

From the drawing, though, I think the more subtle (left side) curve looks better.

I would treat the rear legs the same as the front.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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