Hi, my name is Elga and I live in South Africa. I love dollhouses and miniatures. My two biggest passions are furniture making and embroidery and of course the two combined. Welcome and enjoy browsing my blog.
Queen Anne Chair: The Cabriole Legs, Starting Assembly
Yesterday was spent on making jigs for the front rail, it is curved in the front and hollowed out a bit in the bottom. I cut the tenons first as you can see on the bottom piece between the two legs, it is the second chair's rail that I will cut later today. I also cut all the mortises in the legs, I know the bottom mortise on the leg looks funny but that is how the antique was made. On the jigs I cut only one side of the curves and when I have done one half, I just flipped it over, that way you are assured of matching sides. I cut the bottom hollow out first, you won't be able to cut that after you cut the front curve, because it rocks in the jig.
Starting to look good I think. I am going to chuck the legs back in the lathe and see if I can curve the feet, I found some nail file pads that is easily cut into little strips that worked wonderfully on the back stretcher. I still need to figure out how I am going to cut the curved rabbet for where the chair seat needs to fit in. Today I plan on turning some more of the stretchers.
I am married and the mother of two grown up daughters plus two dogs and two cats. I love working with my hands and enjoy furniture making, petit point, doll making, crochet and knitting and I am also building a dollhouse to house all my treasures.