Sunday, June 2, 2013
Cut the Wood, Not the Widget...
This morning I started the table for the dressing room.
I am taking a few liberties with this box. Alex Cooke died around 1615. That puts him working as an actor right around 1600.
Barley twist legs were popular a little later, but who's to say that there weren't a few around before they became really popular?
The first photo is of all of the pieces. If you want to try making one, enlarge the photo. This particular one, I am making 2" by 4". The legs are two and a half inches long, cut from 1/4" walnut stock.
Now for the fun part. I started a half inch from the top of the leg and marked it every quarter inch from there to the bottom on all four sides. Then I drew a diagonal in each quarter inch square on all four sides.
Next, I took my Exacto knife with a new #11 blade and made a V all down the diagonals. At this point they don't have to be perfect. The corners will be rounded, so just as long as they are reasonably matched they will be fine. The last 1/4" at the bottom will be the ball foot, with a small flat area between the barley twist and the foot.