Author Topic: inset columns on cabriole legs  (Read 2490 times)


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inset columns on cabriole legs
« on: October 24, 2008, 10:14:11 AM »
I have done a few Philadelphia pieces that have fluted columns inset into the squared portions of cabriole legs. In order to cut the recess for the column, typically one inch by one inch, I would use a cutting gauge to deeply incise the one inch line along two faces of the leg, then use a large #9 gouge to hog out the bulk of the material. I would then pare to the lines with a wide chisel, carefully trying to obtain a squared recess. However this technique involves paring along long grain which for me has resulted in tear-out despite my best efforts. Tear-out close to the surface along the scribe line results in an irregular margin where the column insets which at least to me is very noticeable.
Any suggestions out there?
Any other techniques to accomplish this?
I'm not averse to power tools or jigs for this part of the project if needed.

Howard Steier


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Re: inset columns on cabriole legs
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008, 03:54:48 AM »
Try using the chisel bevel down, make sure it's very sharp.