Making matching cabriole legs seems to require genius, but Eugene E. Landon thinks they’re a breeze to make. Shaping the plain legs for a Queen Anne or Chippendale chair requires only rudimentary skills in spindle-turning and in the use of files, rasps, and scrapers. Landon explains how to prepare the blanks using a template and how to use a half-round rasp and a rat-tail rasp to shape them. He offers side information on how to build a Chippendale chair, and extensive drawings illustrate the process.

From Fine Woodworking #73