Legs

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 ...

  • Stretchers Add StrengthStretchers Add Strength

    by Tim Coleman

    In Strong Tenons in Skinny Legs (FWW #236), I illustrated my techniques for maximizing mortise-and-tenon joinery in narrow legs. Two cabinets featured there incorporate ...

  • Smoothing the Top Blocks on Cabriole LegsSmoothing the Top Blocks on Cabriole Legs

    byLarry Haywood

  • Perfect Tapers on the TablesawEditors PickPerfect Tapers on the Tablesaw

    by Steve Latta

    Found across a range of furniture styles, tapered legs are popular because they are good-looking. They break up a square, boxy piece of furniture and direct the ...

  • Tablesaw Tapering Jig is Safer and FasterEditors PickVideo: Tablesaw Tapering Jig is Safer and Faster

    with Mark Schofield

    Learn how an adjustable leg tapering jig can easily cut two, three, and four-sided tapers on the tablesaw

  • Fast Fix: Leg Tapering JigVideo: Fast Fix: Leg Tapering Jig

    with Thomas McKenna

    Learn how to build a jig for safe and simple tapered legs

  • Masterful ProductionMasterful Production

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The evolution of Brad Smith's ax-handle stool

  • Turn a Pad-Foot LegTurn a Pad-Foot Leg

    by Jon Siegel

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Level Uneven TablelegsVideo: Level Uneven Tablelegs

    with Gary Rogowski

    Remove the wobble from out-of-level table with this smart technique on the tablesaw

  • A Lesson in Grain DirectionVideo: A Lesson in Grain Direction

    with David Heim

    A College of the Redwoods instructor shares some important insights into reading grain direction when making a curved foot

  • A Faceted Ruhlmann LegA Faceted Ruhlmann Leg

    by Aaron Radelow

    This torpedo-shaped, multisided leg is the signature design of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Woodworker Aaron Radelow details how to make a Ruhlmann leg by breaking construction ...

  • A Simple Tapering JigVideo: A Simple Tapering Jig

    with Alan Turner

    This no-frills tablesaw jig makes easy work of cutting accurate tapered legs

  • 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 ...

  • Shaping Tapered LegsVideo: Shaping Tapered Legs

    with Mario Rodriguez

    Shape elegant tapered legs by hand

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