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10-07-2018 01:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabriole

So I have a set of what look like incomplete cabriole legs, in that they don’t have an upper stem, nor wings,and the back is flat with threaded inserts. I can’t find any designs/ plans for how to make a frame for them. I’m hoping someone may have a suggestion as to how to make a simple footstool frame that makes sense given their odd set up.

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#1 posted 10-07-2018 02:45 PM

You need to be more specific. A picture or two would help a lot. What do you mean by “incomplete”, “make a frame”, and “odd set up”?

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#2 posted 10-07-2018 06:21 PM

Yeah, pretty hard to envision this without a picture.

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 08:19 PM

Absolutely! Here are a few, and thanks for replying!

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#4 posted 10-07-2018 08:41 PM

They sort of look like the legs on an old chair my parents have, but they attache on the top of the leg. Where did you find them?

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#5 posted 10-07-2018 08:52 PM

My wife bought them on ebay. Most pics I see of similar legs show these with square stems that come out the top and that are tenoned to a frame. These seem to be emulating that but have joint connections on the back. But I have not yet found any kind of design or pattern that would incorporate legs like this with that way of attaching to a frame. I seem to keep tackling projects that don’t have ready made plans…

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#6 posted 10-07-2018 08:53 PM

They have a flat side to attach skirts to. You could make corner blocks and use the threaded insert for extra strength.

Personally I would just pocket hole it together and use a corner block with bolt.

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#7 posted 10-07-2018 08:56 PM

Hopefully I am understanding the question correctly. The design uses a brace that is diagonal to the frame sides to attach the legs (see bad drawing). Once you have the frame you can attach a top with whatever technique you want. I used this type of joinery on some of my pieces so I don’t have to do any mortises.

Rockler sells the hardware but there are many companies that also sell them.

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#8 posted 10-07-2018 09:05 PM

CW’s idea makes a lot of sense. Not really much you else you could do with it, short of attaching a tenon to the back and then using it to mimic a real cabriole leg.

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#9 posted 10-09-2018 01:22 PM

Thank you for the replies, I do think that the mounting hardware would be the easiest way to go. I wasn’t sure if I needed to make a box and then figure out how to attach, or if I should integrate the legs into the frame of the box and this clears that right up.

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