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Turn a Pad-Foot Leg

A graceful leg that's easy to make entirely on the lathe

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Unlike its fancier cousin, the cabriole, the pad-foot leg is produced entirely on the lathe, with no bandsaw work beforehand or hand-finishing afterward. Jon Siegel demonstrates the multi-axis turning technique that produces this furniture staple. The leg is partially turned while mounted in one pair of centers, then moved to the second pair to finish.

From Fine Woodworking #203

From Fine Woodworking #203, pp. 68

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