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Router fixture design. A device for inlaying a Hepplewhite table leg. Locks the leg in position so the router can be manipulated to cut the rectangular grooves necessary for inlaying.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep 1985 (v.1#3) pg. 27

Designing a curved leg (as found on sleigh beds and Texas Biedermeier furniture of the mid-1800s) to achieve maximum strength.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #40 Oct 1994 pg. 10

Turning table legs. How to design a leg profile, then turn a prototype to use as a template for a set of four legs.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #59 Jun 1997 pg. 44

Leg for a utility table is made by ripping a piece of 1x6 stock into two tapers and joining them together.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #78 Feb 2000 pg. 23

Turning table legs that match without using a duplicating jig. These simple techniques also apply to turning chair spindles, balusters, etc.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #82 Oct 2000 pg. 42

Some construction techniques for creating a cabriole leg with the distinctive ball and claw foot of the Queen Anne style.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1984 (v.8#1) pg. 46

How to fabricate the "bracket foot" found on early period Chippendale furniture.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1988 (v.11#11) pg. 12

Make a cabriole leg using a band saw.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 12

Using a jointer to taper table legs. Both Queen Anne and French Provincial style legs are shown.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1988 (v.12#3) pg. 11

Tip on using a band clamp (web clamp) when gluing three feet to the center pedestal of an occasional table.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1989 (v.12#8) pg. 7

Turned cabriole legs. A description of the process for making a simpler version of the cabriole leg, minus knee.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Aug 1989 (v.20#4) pg. 66

How to make sliding dovetails for tripod table legs.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Aug 1991 (v.22#4) pg. 77

Tip: How to add furniture leveling feet to some styles of furniture legs.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #241 Sep 1983 (v.33#7) pg. 131

Epoxy a nut into the foot of a table leg and insert a bolt to form an adjustable table leg.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #352 Oct 1994 (v.44#9) pg. 54

Make furniture glides from Teflon rod.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #31 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 14

How to carve the ball and claw foot favored by 18th century English and Colonial cabinetmakers. Includes a related article on the history of this furniture ornament.
FINE WOODWORKING #10 Spring 1978 pg. 55, 58

Turning four footstool legs off-center yields something close to a true cabriole leg.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 73

Making cabriole legs. A rasp smooths complex shape. Includes a contour tracer and template to make it easier to copy an existing leg. Accompanying article looks at the use of cabriole legs in 18th-century furniture design.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 80, 77

Templates for copying the pattern of a cabriole furniture leg.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 83

How to make ogee bracket feet (widely used on Chippendale furniture) using a band saw. Technique involves gluing up the mitered joint first, then shaping afterwards.
FINE WOODWORKING #21 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 62

Adjustable table feet made from screws and a piece of dowel.
FINE WOODWORKING #26 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 22

Use a simple jig and your router to cut reeds into a curved tapered bedpost.
FINE WOODWORKING #37 Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 34
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #38 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #39 Mar-Apr 1983 pg. 32

Jig to form-laminate chair legs which have a shape similar to a "squared-off question mark".
FINE WOODWORKING #38 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 26
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 16

How to hand-shape Queen Anne cabriole legs without using a lathe.
FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 36
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #43 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 6

An alternative approach to making traditional bracket-foot construction.
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 10

Tip shows how cabriole legs are mounted on a highboy (circa 1760).
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 16

Tips on making the turned front legs for late-Sheraton chairs and the square tapered legs for Hepplewhite tables.
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 18

Two jigs for bending and laminating cantilevered chair legs.
FINE WOODWORKING #47 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 16

How to use mortise-and-tenon joints or dowel joints to join the rails with the legs when making frames for upholstered chairs.
FINE WOODWORKING #48 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 14

How to cut parallel grooves in a tapered table leg using a router and simple jig.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 16

A contemporary table features "tubular" legs made from wood. The legs are rounded using the router technique described in this article.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 58

Making period bedposts. How to make bedposts up to 7 ft. long in the Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton, and early Victorian styles. The jigs and fixtures shown can be used for any long turnings.
FINE WOODWORKING #53 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 28

Turning without a lathe. Making round legs using ordinary hand tools. A "lathebox" jig is used to hold the work securely.
FINE WOODWORKING #54 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 49

How to cut tapered legs on a jointer.
FINE WOODWORKING #54 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 54

Method for attaching the bottom shelf of a coffee table or end table to both square-leg and tapered-leg designs.
FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 14

Restoring the original length of cut-off furniture legs by adding an "end cap" to each leg.
FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 14

Cabriole knees. How to layout and carve this classical 18th century leaf pattern.
FINE WOODWORKING #72 Sep-Oct 1988 pg. 57

Shaping a cabriole leg is an easy job with files and rasps.
FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 84

Building a Chippendale chair. Accompanies an article on shaping the cabriole leg.
FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 86

Tip: Use masking tape to mark the transition and reduce splintering where a square furniture leg becomes round.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 16

Technique for fabricating legs for a piano stool which have a fluted, tapered, octagonal section in the middle of the leg.
FINE WOODWORKING #79 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 24

Carving a ball-and-claw foot using the techniques of a colonial Williamsburg cabinetmaker.
FINE WOODWORKING #84 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 83

Tip on making four L-shaped legs with mitered corners by first making a mitered box and then sawing into four pieces lengthwise.
FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 16

Bracket feet for case pieces. Using a separate base frame simplifies the connection between a carcase and bracket feet and avoids cross-grain problems.
FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 72

Legs to stand on. Techniques for leg joinery make strong, attractive tables and case furniture. Includes instructions on preparing turned and shaped legs.
FINE WOODWORKING #102 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 79

Technique for shortening factory-made round tapered legs using a radial arm saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 20

Making ogee bracket feet using a standard cove (or flute) cutter, basic hand and machine tools, and simple templates.
FINE WOODWORKING #119 Jul-Aug 1996 pg. 78

Stickley-style legs. A router bit and two jigs yield quartersawn figure on all four sides.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 54
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #124 May-Jun 1997 pg. 10

Using a band saw to shape simple square table legs into legs which both taper and flare out at the foot.
FINE WOODWORKING #132 Sep-Oct 1998 pg. 106

Where furniture meets the floor. How to make four traditional style of feet which will change the look of the same chest. (1) Bun feet. (2) Saber feet. (3) Sled feet. (4) Ogee bracket feet.
FINE WOODWORKING #135 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 42

How to layout and hand carve barley-twists on wooden cylinders for use as table pedestals, furniture legs, etc.
FURNITURE #4 1993 pg. 46

Two techniques for constructing Stickley-style furniture legs (quadralinear and veneered) so that the quartersawn oak look appears on all four sides.
HOME FURNITURE #1 Winter 1994 pg. 10

Cutting table legs for consistent grain.
HOME FURNITURE #7 Summer 1996 pg. 99

Beautiful bends. Legs for tables and chairs are made by laminating 4mm birch plywood into graceful curves. Includes instructions for making and using the bending forms. How to build a classic armchair, square-top end table, cornerless end table, contemporary dining table, cafe table, and a triangular plant stand.
HOME MECHANIX #728 Dec 1988 (v.84) pg. 46

How to make cabriole legs using a band saw.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1984 (v.9#3) pg. 60

Tip: Lengthen short (wobbly) furniture legs with wood putty applied to the foot.
HOMEOWNER Mar 1986 (v.11#2) pg. 22

Tip: How to lengthen a short leg on a chair or table by means of a screw, washers and a small piece of carpeting.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #653 Oct 1982 (v.78) pg. 14

How to build Queen Anne style tables without hassle. Includes instructions for cutting a simple style of the cabriole leg using a band saw and belt sander. The tabletop measures 27"x35".
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #668 Jan 1984 (v.80) pg. 36

Tip on carving ball-and-claw feet.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall 1979 (v.10#3) pg. 4

Wood joinery. Twelve ways to attach legs to furniture.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1966 (v.126#1) pg. 122

"Carved Tower" leg piece is formed by cutting square legpiece lengthwise on all four sides with dado blade until center is totally removed except at top and bottom.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1972 (v.138#2) pg. 149

Ten ways for joining furniture legs to rails.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1985 (v.162#3) pg. 114
Correction POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1985 (v.162#6) pg. 8

How to make sculptured joints when joining together furniture legs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1968 (v.193#6) pg. 146

Sliding jig for making straight or tapered "turnings" on a table saw. Ideal for making simple table legs.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #86 Sep 1995 (v.15#2) pg. 30

Tip: Make your own leveling feet for tables and benches from T-nuts, carriage bolts and nuts.
WOOD MAGAZINE #15 Feb 1987 (v.4#1) pg. 19

A simple solution to getting the wobble out of a four-legged project.
WOOD MAGAZINE #53 Aug 1992 (v.9#5) pg. 68
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #57 Dec 1992 (v.9#9) pg. 11

Router-table turning. Combine a variety of simple jigs with your router table to produce elegant table legs, including round, square, octagonal, tapered, fluted, beaded, ... etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #69 Apr 1994 (v.11#3) pg. 42
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #75 Dec 1994 (v.11#9) pg. 12

Method for using a drum sander to shape the end of a furniture leg so that it will make full contact with the turned pedestal of a music stand, candlestand, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #117 Oct 1999 (v.16#6) pg. 37

Technique for trimming the splayed legs of a chair or table so they stand flush on the floor.
WOOD MAGAZINE #137 Nov 2001 (v.18#8) pg. 42

The mathematics of making tapered legs. Includes plans for making an adjustable tapering jig for use with a table saw.
WOODSMITH #11 Sep 1980 pg. 11

Tip: Use blobs of hot glue to reattach waste pieces of wood when making compound cuts (such as a cabriole leg).
WOODSMITH #43 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 3

Cabriole legs. Step-by-step instructions for preparing the blank, band sawing, carving, shaping, and fitting a cabriole leg.
WOODSMITH #43 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 4

Tips on adjusting a band saw when preparing to cut cabriole legs.
WOODSMITH #43 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 19

Holding jig for shaping cabriole legs. A wooden headstock and tailstock is added to a pipe clamp.
WOODSMITH #43 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 19

Technique for cutting square tapered legs on a jointer.
WOODSMITH #61 Feb 1989 pg. 22

Using templates to make uniform curved legs for chairs. The template is attached directly to the work piece. The same template is used on both the band saw (for rough cutting) and the router table (for final shaping).
WOODSMITH #64 Aug 1989 pg. 18

How to fabricate and mount ogee bracket feet.
WOODSMITH #86 Apr 1993 (v.15) pg. 26

Carving on turning. Part 9. How to turn and carve decorative features (gadroons, pineapples, and berries) on table legs and other furniture parts.
WOODTURNING #23 Jun 1994 pg. 50

Carving a ball-and-claw foot furniture leg. Some tips.
WOODWORK #31 Feb 1995 pg. 38

A technique for centering legs under a tabletop.
WOODWORK #44 Apr 1997 pg. 6

Tips on attaching Queen Anne legs to furniture.
WOODWORKER #1075 Jun 1983 (v.87) pg. 386
Added Info WOODWORKER #1078 Sep 1983 (v.87) pg. 586

Tips on fabricating the decorative feet and stretcher found on a kidney shaped desk.
WOODWORKER #1081 Dec 1983 (v.87) pg. 792

Easiest way of making Queen Anne legs is illustrated.
WOODWORKER #1083 Feb 1984 (v.88) pg. 116

Tip: Traditional method for attaching legs to a writing table using two techniques.
WOODWORKER #1084 Mar 1984 (v.88) pg. 196

Tips and a jig for hand-cutting diminished flutes on tapered legs.
WOODWORKER #1109 Apr 1986 (v.90#4) pg. 275

Tips on making a cabriole leg with a claw-and-ball foot.
WOODWORKER #1111 Jun 1986 (v.90#6) pg. 450

Furniture restoration. Repairing broken chair legs.
WOODWORKER Apr 1988 (v.92#4) pg. 344
Added Info WOODWORKER Jul 1988 (v.92#7) pg. 629

How to layout and turn a tapered spiral as found on an 18th-century barley twist leg.
WOODWORKER May 1989 (v.93#5) pg. 445

Cutting cabriole legs. How to draw the pattern, mark the wood and band saw out the leg.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1978 (v.2#2) pg. 5

Woodworkers jigs. A table saw round tapering jig. Use your table saw, instead of a lathe, to make round tapered legs for furniture. Can also make square, octagon, stop and other styles of tapers and combinations of tapers.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1978 (v.2#3) pg. 15

Table saw tapering jig can be used to cut round, square, or polygon-shaped furniture legs. Both tapered and un-tapered legs can be cut. Allows you to use your table saw as a lathe in order to make straight or tapered legs up to 32" long.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1979 (v.3#6) pg. 12
Correction WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1980 (v.4#1) pg. 9

Cutting cabriole legs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1984 (v.8#2) pg. 26

Carving the ball-and-claw foot.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1984 (v.8#3) pg. 20

Tip: Simple jig to cut off multiple stool legs at the same identical angle.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1984 (v.8#4) pg. 50

Making a drill guideblock for splayed legs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.11#5) pg. 20

Making the traditional shaped and molded continuous bracket foot of the style found on Chippendale furniture.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1987 (v.11#6) pg. 24

Adjustable leg tapering jig for use with a table saw handles legs up to 31" long, 3" thick, 4" wide.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1987 (v.11#6) pg. 44

Tip on installing leveler glides to the bottoms of wooden legs.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1988 (v.12#3) pg. 54
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1988 (v.12#4) pg. 6

Making tripod legs which use a slotted dovetail to join the legs to the pedestal.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1989 (v.13#2) pg. 17

Tip show how to mark and cut-off angled chair or table legs so they sit flat on the floor.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.20#1) pg. 8

Tip on turning risers (foot extenders) to raise a sofa or armchair for use by older people.
WOODWORKING TODAY #34 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 54

Basic principles of making cabriole legs for chairs and tables using a band saw, rasp, and sandpaper.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1966 (v.22#6) pg. 26

How to recycle drink cans into useful objects. Article includes instructions on how to make furniture legs from cans.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1975 (v.31#5) pg. 44

How to make cabriole legs. Includes squared drawings for "Dutch-Foot" leg, "Provincial" leg, "Reverse" cabriole, and a 27" table leg.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1978 (v.34#3) pg. 42

Classic coffee table requires carving ball and claw feet. Table measures 20"x34" and stands 18" tall.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1985 (v.41#2) pg. 4