LEGS AND STRETCHERS

  LEGS AND STRETCHERS

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The sweeping curves of a cabriole leg are cut on a band saw. Since the shape of the leg must be outlined on two adjacent sides of the blank, short bridges of solid wood are left in the kerfs when the cuts are made on the first side. This way, the outline on the adjacent face will not be lost. Once the second side is cut, the bridges are severed.

 

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INVENTORY OF LEGS

 

Cabriole leg

A traditional leg style cut on the band saw and shaped by hand (page 98>)

 

Saber leg

A traditional leg design for chairs in formal settings; the saber shape can be produced on the router table in the same manner as the rear legs for a frame chair (page 31)

 

Tapered leg with pommel

Adaptable to many designs; tapered on two or four aides on the jointer or table saw (page 101)

 

Tapered leg with square bead

A variation of the tapered leg with a taper on four sides and a bead fashioned by hand; a feature of some Hepplewhite furniture

 

Turned leg

A decorated version of the Hepplewhite – style leg shown at left. This leg is turned on the lathe (page 102); the flutes that run lengthwise can be produced by hand or with a router and a fluting jig while the leg remains on the lathe

 

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Curved stretchers

An elegant feature of a frame chair, this style of stretcher can be fashioned from bent-laminated stock or cut on a band saw, attached to the legs with dowels

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Cross stretchers

An attractive style for slab-and-stick chairs, but challenging to design and make; the stretchers meet with a lap joint at the center. They are cut on a table saw (page 106) and joined to the legs with round mortise-and-tenons

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Turned stretchers

Ideally suited to slab-and-stick chairs with turned legs; produced on a lathe and joined to the legs with round mortise-and-tenons (page 103)

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5<uare stretchers

A simpler variation of the cross stretcher well suited to frame chairs (page 107); stabilizes the legs

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H stretcher with rear-leg stretcher

A variation of square stretchers that adds a stretch­er between the rear legs and the square stretchers of a frame chair, provides strength while serving as a stylistic embellishment