Three Federal Legs
Power tools speed the process, banding adds style
Synopsis: 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 is done using a drill press with a Forstner bit and simple jig, and a tablesaw with a tapering jig. A simple procedure for setting up the jigs ensures repeatable results on each side of the leg and from one leg to the next. The first is a double-taper leg with banding at the ankle between the tapers. The second is a simple spade foot, with curves shaped on the drill press. And the third is a complex spade foot with decorative banding centered within the square section and beading at the ankle for a finishing touch.
Three years ago, I had the privilege of participating in the inaugural Three month Furniture making Intensive workshop offered by the North bennet Street School…