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Tools and Techniques => Period design and construction => Topic started by: rac50 on April 05, 2011, 02:45:39 PM

Title: Seymour "French Feet"
Post by: rac50 on April 05, 2011, 02:45:39 PM
Does anyone have any photos of the construction techniques for the Seymours version of the French feet they commonly used on their tall case clocks, shelf clocks and four drawer chests. I have Mussey's book and I see where they canted the legs outwardly at an angle of between six and ten degrees. What I would like to find out is: 1)  what is the thickness of the stock at the floor, also the thickness where it joins the bottom of the chest?  2) Is the leg mitered?  3) What was the grain orientation of both the foot and the glue blocks?  4) Were the glue blocks made with white pine?
Title: Re: Seymour "French Feet"
Post by: albreed on April 05, 2011, 07:49:06 PM
Regarding th French feet:

On shelf clocks I've copied the stock is 9/16 and they're mitred. Some French feet were not mitred- the side foot is butted to the front one. The angles vary, but in the clock feet I've looked at the plane of the side is continued straight down and the foot kicks out at the floor. I make them by starting with 9/16 stock, cutting the long angle of the foot by angling the tablesaw blade to meet a cove cut at the bottom, about 5/16ths from the floor. I then use the same angle to cut th top edge of th foot where it meets the case so that when glued on, th foot will continue the plane of the side, as I said.
Glue blocks are vertical in the corner behind the mitred feet, horizontal at the case base. The added blocks that are scrolled and form the "skirt" areusually  parallel with the floor in their grain direction and sometimes are veneered as if the grain was running vertically.
On a large case like a chest sometimes the chest side ran down behind the feet which is a great idea for strength.-Al
Title: Re: Seymour "French Feet"
Post by: rac50 on April 06, 2011, 11:40:06 PM
Thanks Al,  Were the glue blocks white pine?  If the shelf clocks were 9/16" at the floor, what was the thickness where they join the case?  what would you say the thicknesses would be for a four drawer chest?  Ross