Build a Louisiana Creole Table
Cabriole legs and scalloped aprons spice up a rustic table.
Synopsis: This table, a close reproduction of an original built around 1800, is a wonderful example of Louisiana Creole style. The legs are cabriole and the bottom edge of the aprons is scalloped, but the lack of carvings, inlays, or other complex details gives the table a rustic feel. Like its style, the table’s construction is a mix of the exotic and the familiar. The legs are joined to the aprons with pegged mortise-and-tenons. The cabriole legs and scalloped edges, even though they look exotic, aren’t difficult to make.
Creole furniture is my heritage. as a professional furniture maker and native of Louisiana (I now live and work just north of new Orleans), I’ve been making it for several decades. So I was delighted when the editors asked me to make a piece of Creole furniture for Fine Woodworking. Like much of Louisiana’s culture, its furniture grew from French…