How To Make Cabriole Legs On A Bandsaw
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a MARK V owner wrote tell us that he had attended one of our
woodworking demonstrations and observed our representative
making a cabriole leg. When he tried to duplicate the procedure
in his home shop, he had difficulty.
talked with Bill Hoff, Academy Instructor about making these
legs. The technique he uses can also be used to make sculptures,
lamp bases, and patterned posts and rails -- or to remove
excess stock before turning posts or spindles on the lathe.
by tracing your pattern onto one side of your stock. Cut out
the contour, but save the waste. Tape the waste back onto
the stock in its original position. Masking tape works well.
Turn the stock 90-degrees so another side faces up, then trace
your pattern onto it. Make the second cut. When you remove
the waste, you will have the beginnings of a piece that will
look hand-carved, once you've finished shaping it.
complete the job, we recommend that you use an Inflatable
Contour Sanding Drum on your Shopsmith MARK V or wood
lathe to round-over and "soften" the sharp edges
left by the bandsawing process.
recommend that you start with a coarse to medium grit sleeve
and finish up with a fine or ultra-fine grit sleeve. These
are great tools for this job since you have a full range of
sleeve grits to choose from (80, 100, 120, and 150-grit) -
Plus - the ability to increase or decrease the drum pressure
to help it conform better to the shape you're sanding and
to provide optimum control of its aggressiveness.
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