Making a floating top is easy. Designing just the right leg curve is the hard part.
Synopsis: Building “swoopy” furniture takes time, but it’s appealing, Don Kondra writes. In this article, he tells how to make full-sized drawings, which he says is the key to finessing the joinery and accurately milling curved parts. He shows how to make templates to draw the curves and advises that you should acclimate the leg stock in your shop for a month before shaping. The joints for the legs are cut after shaping. Kondra ough-cut the top and eyeballed it to keep the overhang in proportion. And to finish the piece, Kondra used a simple tung oil/spar varnish combination. Side information describes an easy way to draw smooth curves using sticks and nails.
Although I rely heavily on machines to get the job done quickly, I aim to build furniture that looks organic and invites people to touch it. That’s why I’ve turned to using lots of curves…