Legs - Fine Woodworking Plans and Projects


The foundation of any piece of furniture is the base on which it rests. In addition to providing structural support, the base will set the tone for the design. Whether you’re constructing feet or legs, there are a number of options to consider: The Basics: •
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  • Build a Louisiana Creole TableBuild a Louisiana Creole Table

    by Greg Arceneaux

    This table, a close reproduction of an original built around 1800, is a wonderful example of Louisiana Creole style. The legs are cabriole and the bottom edge of ...

  • Three Federal LegsThree Federal Legs

    by Jeff Gross

    This article demonstrates how to build a square tapered leg with three different styles of feet. Once the leg blank is milled square, virtually all the shaping ...

  • Arts and Crafts Side TableArts and Crafts Side Table

    by Kelly J. Dunton

    Inspired by the designs of Gustav Stickley, this small table is made from quartersawn white oak, fumed to an authentic Arts and Crafts finish. Pegged through-tenons ...

  • Splay-Legged TableSplay-Legged Table

    by Garrett Hack

    A small table is a perfect project to demystify tapered and splayed legs and add them to your skills as a designer and craftsperson. Garrett Hack takes you through ...

  • A Blanket Chest with LegsA Blanket Chest with Legs

    by John McAlevey

    Instead of dovetails, John McAlevey used frame-and-panel construction on the blanket chest he designed and built in curly maple and cherry. The legs serve as the ...

  • Low Tea Table Highlights JoineryLow Tea Table Highlights Joinery

    by C. Michael Vogt

    C. Michael Vogt built a low tea table with sliding dovetails and butterfly keys using both machines and hand tools. His design was influenced by George Nakashima. ...

  • Boston Bombé ChestBoston Bombé Chest

    by Lance Patterson

    Lance Patterson reviews the history of the bombé chest and then describes how he built one with four shaped drawers, ball-and-claw feet, and a serpentine front. ...

  • Drop-Leaf and Gate-Leg TablesDrop-Leaf and Gate-Leg Tables

    by Simon Watts

    Simon Watts describes the style and construction history of drop-leaf and gate-leg tables, which he said were used principally in taverns. Design can vary, but ...

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