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    Question Need help - Table leg design/wood chalenges

    I've just received a commission to produce an end table, probably in walnut, that looks "just like this but without the shelf".

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    Can anyone point me to a tutorial or magazine article that explains the best way to make these legs?

    Also, a design query - Should we go with nothing in place of the shelf, or, do you think the design will require stretchers?
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    I'd have to find a tutorial, but basically you'll cut the curves on the bandsaw. Save the cut-offs as you'll need to tape them back onto the legs to keep them square for cutting the other sides of the legs.

    Here's a video, same idea as cutting cabriole legs, this guy uses hot glue instead of tape:

    http://www.mefeedia.com/video/28294559
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    Look up making a Cabriole leg. I found this site http://www.woodcraft.com/Articles/Ar...?articleid=660
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    Ya beat me by a few seconds Darren
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    Cut them just like a cabriole leg would be cut out. Just like they do here.http://www.woodcraft.com/Articles/Ar...?articleid=660

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    WOW, that was fast. I kind of expected they might cut similar to a cabriole leg.

    Now, on to the second question - stretcher or no stretcher? Or does it matter?
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    Depending on the joinery at the top, wouldn't think you'd have to have a stretcher, but depends on what the client wants and how it's going to be used. If it's going to hold a marble sculpture or a delicate piece (that could fall if wobbly), it may be warranted. For an end table that holds a lamp and a cup of coffee once in a while, it looks like it would look good without any.
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    darren beat me to it but i fully agree with his thoughts rennie..and even if it held a heavy weight good mortise and tenons will hold alot more than most realize..
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    Rennie,
    Check out this book.

    "Circular Work in Carpentry and Joinery" by George Collings

    It has everything you could ever need on how to cut curves compound curves arches twists.
    It's bailed me out of many a head scratching session!

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/circ...band%2bjoinery

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    Rennie.....the Mini-Max website used to have a video of cutting a cabriole leg that explained pretty well how to do it.
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