A drop-leaf coffee table, end table and corner table in the classic Queen Anne style
Sculpting the Legs
Divide the Leg and Foot into quarters and mark the control lines as shown in Figure 3.
Fig. 3. Mark the control lines on the Leg and Foot.
Use masking tape or duct tape to shield the corners of the Transition Blocks from damage during the shaping process as shown in Figure 4.
Fig. 4. Shield the corner from damage with tape.
Mount the Leg in a vise. Center and mark a circle on the bottom of the Foot. Use a backsaw to cut the three outside corners of the foot as shown in Figure 5. Cut from the first guideline on one face to the first guideline on an adjacent face.
Fig. 5. Cut the three outside corners of the Foot.
Again, using your backsaw, cut across the corners of the pad to the outside edge of your drawn circle, forming an octagon as shown in Figure 6. Next, undercut these corners to your previous cuts to remove the waste. (See Fig. 7)
Fig. 6. Saw across the Foot Pad corners to form an octagon.
Fig. 7. Undercut the corners to remove the waste.
Using the edge of a rectangular, double-cut file, round the foot pads to your drawn circles as shown in Figure 8.
Fig. 8. Round the octagonal Foot Pad to your drawn circle.
Next, carefully round the three cut corners of the Foot to a circular shape, using a #50 cabinet rasp...then round the bottom of the Foot in a similar fashion. (See Fig. 9)
Fig. 9. Use a rasp to shape the Foot profile.
Mount the Leg in a Bar Clamp then grasp the Clamp body carefully in a bench vise for use as a sculpting fixture. Covering the Bar Clamp jaws with Double-stick tape will provide an improved non-slip grip.
Again, using your cabinet rasp, chamfer your Leg stock carefully at each corner, moving from the first line on one face to the first line on the adjacent face, as shown in Figure 10. Feather the flats progressively narrower to a point at the top, both sides and rear of the Knee...and both sides of the Foot. Feather a flat on the top of the Foot, making it wider, so the top is slightly flattened (See Fig 11).
Fig. 10. Chamfer the stock between control lines.
Fig. 11. Feather a flat on the top surface of the Foot.