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Gazelle leg coffee table

I got this idea to build tables with three regular legs and one animal leg a few months ago and I finally got around to trying it.

I never really shaped a leg outside of tapering but this required a spoke shave and files.

The leg shape came from an ancient egyptian bas relief showing a pharaoh hunting gazelles.

It is is quirky but it's the first leg I ever really "carved". The next one will be fully sculpted to show musculature and better shape - less 2 dimensional.

The material is poplar.
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Very different and very nice. Great job.

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That's cool. I'd be a little worried about the strength of that leg where it's thinnest, due to grain orientation. I'd like to see one with 2 legs like that and 2 normal on the other end.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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That's pretty cool Gideon. Make me wonder how that would look being compound cut or carved... Hmmm

Cool beans! Thanks for sharing!

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I'd like to see one with 2 legs like that and 2 normal on the other end.
or a four legged with one up in the air ???



sorry....it just struck me....I apologize.
Seriously...That's really outside the box...very creative....

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or a four legged with one up in the air ???



sorry....it just struck me....I apologize.
Seriously...That's really outside the box...very creative....
a version of this has already been done.
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That's pretty cool Gideon. Make me wonder how that would look being compound cut or carved... Hmmm

Cool beans! Thanks for sharing!

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well, this was the first time i ever tried something like this. now that i know how to do it, i plan on making a more carved and detailed version of this.

first thing i did was cut a template to capture the contour line.
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[...]first thing i did was cut a template to capture the contour line.
have you cut compound curves on a bandsaw? If not check out Kenbo's videos on compound scroll sawing. It's exactly the same process just on a larger scale.

Have fun!

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I like it! Very fun. Look forward to how you develop this.
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have you cut compound curves on a bandsaw? If not check out Kenbo's videos on compound scroll sawing. It's exactly the same process just on a larger scale.

Have fun!

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i don't either of those tools. i'd love a bandsaw but dont have the space for even a bench model.
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here is a little more of it. still some finishing work to do.
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That is cool. I really like the idea of using animal shapes for furniture. You did a great job on that leg. If this is just a practice I can't wait to see the finish!
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Gideon, you don't have to have a band saw. If you want to you can cut out the leg just as you did for this (jig saw?) with some thicker stock. Then carve it down as in the pictures. You can use a draw knife / spoke shave / rasp to shape it out pretty quickly.

Give it a go!

Ps, if you need to you could always cut out several pieces then glue them together so as to not over burden the jig saw.



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i do have a draw knife. whats that like to work with? i found the spoke shave to be wonderfully efficient. and it came out of that group of tools i posted a photo of a while back. i wound keeping the two spokeshaves. really love them.
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i do have a draw knife. whats that like to work with? i found the spoke shave to be wonderfully efficient. and it came out of that group of tools i posted a photo of a while back. i wound keeping the two spokeshaves. really love them.
Draw knives are terrific! They can wast a lot more material than a spoke shave because it's not limited by a throat. It is a skill that's learned though so plan on practicing a bit before working on an actual project. The thing to practice is controlling the angle your blade contacts the work and how that corresponds to cutting. Also, just as on a spoke shave, you have to pay close attention to grain run out so as to not rip and tear the grain.

Plan to spend plenty of time sharpening the draw knife before you use it. A not scary sharp edge with leave you sorely disappointed.

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