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    Cabriolet Leg Question

    I have a small table that I'm planning to build and I'm trying to work out some design ideas in my head. I would like to use cabriolet legs on the front and was wondering if you guys use solid stock for that style or do you laminate smaller stock?

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    Ed,

    I've only built them once and used solid stock. I think you could laminate if you were using something like oak, but I was using mahogany and just couldn't see it.

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    Solid stock every time.

    When I had to make cabriole legs I found Lonnie Bird's Bandsaw Book very helpful.

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=L...mbnail#PPA1,M1

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    Solid is best, any lamination will really show the different grains directions etc when you cut the legs. I guess you could get lucky and make something neat looking, but, I'd still go with the solid material.

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    Thanks, I had someone mention that they use laminations for the stability.

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    ed, you can use either, if you want to laminate try to grain match as close as possible. if you`re going to color the wood it`s pretty easy to mask the laminations, with a clear finish it`s just about impossible to completely hide `em.
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    Planning on using black walnut for the legs and skirts. The top will be some spalted ambrosia maple I have. The grain match will be tough and with a couple sawyers in the area, I'll probably go with solid stock on the legs.

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