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post #1 of 20 Old 08-13-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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What are they called and how are they made?

Some of the older simpler styled table furniture (and some modern pieces too) have a simple square leg that goes from the table to the floor, but about 4" or so before they reach the floor there is an angled outward bend to the leg that I presume adds to the table's stability and also makes it a bit more stylish.

How is this acheived? Are pieces shaped and glued, or is a router involved, or just how does one go about turning out such a leg?
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Pictures would help.

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Is it something akin to a cabriole leg , but without the classical look ?

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post #4 of 20 Old 08-14-2013, 09:34 AM
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I don't know what the name is for them either but you could just mark a line and cut it with a bandsaw and use a belt sander to sand the saw marks off. If it was more than 4" you could taper it on a jointer.
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Something like this, but maybe not so extreme. Flared foot?
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Not sure if there is a name for the style or not, but I have made them before. First thing I would do is make a template of the shape you want, usually make them out of hard board or MDF. Trace the template onto your leg stock and cut it close to size on the bandsaw. Attach it to the template and rout it using a flush trim bit on a router table.
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Simple way is to cut back of leg on a curve and glue piece to front.
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What are they called and how are they made?-legs-002.jpg

1 - Bobbin, 2 - Baluster, 3 - Twist, 4 - Cup and cover, 5 - Flemish scroll, 6 - 'Square', 7 - Louis XV 8, - Plain cabriole, 9 - Carved cabriole ,10 - Taper, 11 - Chippendale straight, 12 - Hepplewhite, 13 - Hepplewhite decorated, 14 - Adam, 15 & 16 - Sabre, 17 - Pre-Victorian, 18 - American fancy, 19 - Windsor, 20-23 - Victorian, 24 - Modern Cabriole

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Thanks for sharing, mics. Very informative.
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Thanks to everybody. You've all helped me along on my thinking.
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Ok, I misunderstood about the leg flaring outward. For that type leg you could glue additional wood to two sides of the bottom of the legs and bandsaw it out. After cutting one side keep the loose pieces and tape them back on the leg so it lays flat on the saw to bandsaw the other side.
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Something like this, but maybe not so extreme. Flared foot?
Yep , they are Cabriole legs at their most basic .
The name derives from the French word cabrioler, meaning to leap like a goat
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Warning,warning...thread drift......warning.

In mics_54 leg chart,can I have about 3 or 4 dz of #9's please.All hand made of course,haha.

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In mics_54 leg chart,can I have about 3 or 4 dz of #9's please.All hand made of course,haha.

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A common name would be "splayed". They can be cut from solid stock, or done as a glue up.






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Like this?


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Like this?
Like the ones in Oldiebutgoodie's second post , the photo ,
and like the ones the chart that mics_54 posted .
The many variations of the Cabriole Leg

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Like the ones in Oldiebutgoodie's second post , the photo ,
and like the ones the chart that mics_54 posted .
The many variations of the Cabriole Leg
Oh gotcha. Missed that somehow lol
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Great looking work, BZawat. Now how about a few tips on how you got there. Are the back legs straight? Hard to tell from photo.
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check out this thread

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/w...-51405/index4/

Starts at post #73 (I think, just looked and I've already forgotten haha)

Back legs are straight. If you have access to a band saw, thats the safer way to do it. the router was terrifying If I can help. let me know!
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