Period-Perfect Bracket Feet
Best approach is a combination of machines and hand tools
Synopsis: One of the most recognized forms in furniture, ogee bracket feet were traditionally made with hand tools. But shaping the distinctive S-curve on the faces and ornate profiles on the ends using hand tools alone is a labor-intensive process, so Dan Faia uses a technique that combines the best of new and old. He uses a tablesaw to rough out the ogee profile and a bandsaw to cut the end profile. Then he turns to hand tools for the final shaping needed to refine the machine-cut shapes into the classic form.
Ogee bracket feet, often linked to the Chippendale style, have been around since the late 17th century, and they remain one of the most recognized forms in furniture.
The distinctive s-curve on the faces (the ogee) and the ornate profiles on the ends of the feet traditionally were made with hand tools—a time-consuming, labor intensive process. My method…