Legs are often defining features of a table, writes Graham Blackburn, who explains in this article how to select the right legs for your table from the bewildering array of available forms. Legs must provide support, of course, but their form and shape must also suit the table’s function and style. This extensive article provides a summary of furniture from Gothic to contemporary and their distinguishing elements, with photos and drawings of exemplary pieces and close-ups of their features. Historically correct details are no substitute for overall balance, however, and Blackburn also offers information on how to ensure balance, as well.

From Fine Woodworking #139