Draw Ogee Bracket Feet with Perfect Proportions
Nail the design without math
Synopsis: Making ogee bracket feet is a pretty straightforward process, as explained in the article in this issue (FWW 220). But it’s important to get the details of the design right. Dan Faia demonstrates how to use simple geometry and drafting techniques to get the right proportions and shape.
From Fine Woodworking #220
Ogee bracket feet are one of the most recognized forms in period furniture. They are to the Chippendale period what cabriole legs are to the Queen Anne period. The design can trace its roots back to classical Greece, but first appeared on English pieces during the Walnut Period in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Their popularity increased with the publication in 1754 of Thomas Chippendale’s book, The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker’s Director. The new designs were taken up by American woodworkers, who regularly used the ogee bracket foot as an alternative to the ball-and-claw foot when the…