A friend of my wife would like me to build this table. I have some ideas about building the legs but have never tackled anything like this. Any ideas about how I would go about making the legs without bending stock?
Thanks for the reply, Dave. I planned on rough cutting them on the bandsaw. I've never attempted cabriol legs so this will be my introduction. The part that stumps me is the detail that extends from the legs and stretches across the bottom of the table. Do you think that I should/will have to use two different pieces of wood to get this look? I thought about joining two pieces, essentially in L-shape and then doing what you suggested. What do you guys think?
I am just as nuts as you I would attempt it too. But I would use a combonation of steam bending AND the bandsaw unless it would bend that much in which case you wouldn't need to do any cutting.
I do not have any experience steam bending but it does not look to daunting to me. Building a simple steam bending chamber and steamer is not very involved. Makinf the bending jigs and getting the shapes and radii you want will be the challenge.
If you know you don't want to bend them though, I guess you have to use some large solid stock glued together or else glue up some stock and cut it out. The glue up might avoid movement better than the solid stock all things considered.
Whatever you decide please keep us updtaed with pictures too preferably. We like pictures.
I can't remember the exact date, but I think that was during the Haiti job. If you were a part of that, I hauled 10th Mtn. all over that paradise.
Haiti:blink: , We were providing jobs for them,, it took those people about 2 weeks to refuse to work on Sundays.
They sold lumbs (graded by size) for home building materials.
They collected milky ditch water for drinking.
Some cardboard homes had to be picked up when the tide came in each day.
We were forbidden to give items to them,, it caused riots.
Go for it man, it isn't as hard as it looks. Cut like gabriol legs so high up then cut seperate pieces then glue. Just watch how you layout the grain before you cut. Need the strength of the leg not to be compromised.Doing it in sections will make the parts stronger than anything you can do trying to make a whole single part.Use pine and make a prototype so you can learn from your mistakes and not waste money and expensive wood. After making one the second won't seem so impossible to do. If your intimidated you will never learn in this trade. Good luck . Mitch
Mitch, thanks for the heads up. I have already done exactly what you suggested. I glued up some pine and cut out a practice leg. It went pretty well. I have a really good idea of how this will come together. I will post pictures when I am done detailing the process.
Thanks for checking in. I have glued up the top and the stock for the legs. I cut out a prototype for the legs and that went well. Things are on the backburner right now. I just had hip surgery and will have to wait a week or so until I can get back to the project. I want to build the actual table top first and then tackle the legs. I will get some pics up as I go along.
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