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Forum topic by markf31 posted 09-11-2020 04:50 PM 372 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2020 04:50 PM

I have not built a period piece yet, but when I finish building bookcases for my two girls then I plan on moving onto my first period piece as its a part of woodworking that has always interested me. I am leaning towards a highboy or lowboy in the Queen Anne style.

Are there places to order model or example cabriole legs from to use as a template as I work on my piece? Looking at photographs and plans is fine, but I dont really get a sense for how the leg should look and feel in my hands that way. And searching for and buying a piece of furniture for this purpose seems like a waste. I was hoping to find a source to order cabriole legs from and perhaps with a variety of feet such as a pad, a ball and claw and a trifid. So I can use them as examples and models as I begin my journey into these types of forms.

Any ideas or suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-11-2020 04:59 PM

An internet search of “Queen Anne furniture legs” brings up several sources.

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#2 posted 09-11-2020 05:05 PM

Here is a place to start, Google will turn up many, I’m sure.

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#3 posted 09-12-2020 01:07 AM

Osbourne might be a company that does legs.

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#5 posted 09-12-2020 01:28 AM

This is the book i use. Norman Vandal

This is my current project.

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#6 posted 09-12-2020 02:48 AM

Mary May sells castings of some of her carvings, including a Philadelphia style ball and claw foot. If you are interested in learning to carve them, she is an excellent source of information and inspiration.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#7 posted 09-12-2020 04:14 AM

+1 Osborne Wood products :

They offer 2D and 3D CAD models for most parts/assemblies.
Makes it easy to use digital drawings as template and modify to fit your project.

Have bought several large turned table pedestals from them I couldn’t make.
Came with nice smooth finish, and size accuracy was spot on with CNC level tolerances.

Also bought cherry and walnut carved wood legs for commission work. They were perfect straight grain lumber (almost boring?), and direction optimized for strength in legs.


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#8 posted 09-12-2020 09:42 AM

Really easy, just do a search on Cabriole leg templates.

When you find one you like, you can download the image and go to an Office Depot to have it enlarged.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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