The turned legs on Mario Rodriguez's Sheraton table look daunting. They start with tight stack of rings, followed by 12 carved, tapered reeds that end in a small ring and reel at the ankle. Below that the leg swells to a smooth bulb and ends in a narrow tip. All these traditional details were intimidating to Rodriguez, who doesn't consider himself a turner. So he decided to tackle the problem in stages. He broke the legs into three sections, turned them separately, and then joined them together. This allowed him to work on a small lathe and to relax, because any mistake he might make would not ruin the entire leg.

From Fine Woodworking #214