This year’s winter project is a new kitchen table. The beater we have is having trouble living next to the new dog food cabinet beside it. Our whole house is French country themed and the table must fit in so elegant cabriole legs were a must. However I don’t like to draw cabriole legs in 2D and hope they look good. To me they need to be designed from the get-go in 3D and as my 2017 Sketchup was dying a thousand deaths I decided to try a new CAD program. After a couple of less than satisfying tries some fellow Craftisians pointed me to OnShape and the rest is history. The learning curve was not bad and the general process seemed to suit me (right brain) much better than Sketchup ever did. I wanted to play with some cool joinery so I decided on the apron/leg joint shown in this OnShape pic.
A little tweaking on the leg and apron design led to this final design.
One of the great things about OnShape is that it makes working drawings and patterns a snap.
While hand cutting the joinery was a challenge and a satisfying pastime, to be honest I did less than half by hand before getting the process in gear with the mortiser and table saw. I did do enough to prove that I could and satisfy my need for meeting the challenge however so here are some shots of the “slower way”.
Then it was on to cutting the legs.
…and running a trial fit
…. before final glue up
The structural wood is Beech but it will all be veneered with walnut to match our general decor. The glue is liquid hide (Old Brown Glue).
That’s how far I’ve come so far. I’ll post again when the veneering gets done.
Thanks for looking
The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.