So on to the next project. This project will be the creation of a similarly themed matching end table to the coffee table I recently finished. Like the coffee table, I have decided to use a starburst veneer but due to the corner utilizing nature of an end table, the top will not be round but square with rounded features. Like any project, the first step is to draft out the idea in some fashion. Pasted here is my preliminary drafts.
The next step is converting the draft design features into real world measurements and scale. I decided on a typical height of 22″ and length and width of top of 24″ square. The curvature of the legs I usually draw freehand on cardboard and cut out for use as a basic template. From the perfected cardboard template, I create a hardboard and therefore more permanent template. From this template I cut out the actual legs on the bandsaw. You can see the results below.
I cut the legs from one 2″ x 6″ board. The legs are 3″ x 1.5″. I want to put the legs angled at 45 degrees at the corners of the apron to make the curves more noticeable and symmetrical. The other alternative would be to cut cabriole style legs with two cuts but this would require 3″ x 3″ blanks which would be cost prohibitive for this project. When cutting the legs it is important to keep close to the line but to leave it. Fine tuning happens later. The next picture is the stack of all the completed preliminary cut legs.