Hand-shaped, without a lathe
Synopsis: Philip C. Lowe reviews the history of the cabriole leg and its foot styles and explains how to make a Queen Anne style leg, which terminates in a spoon foot, also called a club or dutch foot. Instead of using a lathe, he shows how to make it using a bandsaw (or bowsaw), spokeshave, rasp, and file. The pad diameter of the foot should be about half the width of the blank, which should be solid wood, not laminate. He describes how to make a template from the first leg you make, and then determine grain orientation relative to one another. Step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings and photographs cover every detail.
From Fine Woodworking #42
Cabriole legs, all characterized by the cyma or S-curve, have taken various styles. The cabriole seems to have evolved from the ancient practice of shaping the legs of furniture after those of beasts, and so…