Here are some images of the legs for the cherry Queen Anne hall table, as well as initial work on the faux central linen runner sculpted from maple.
The legs have been made in the traditional manner, first cutting them to shape and then using hand planes, a spoke shave, chisels, and scrapers to smooth the curves and to create a fluid look. The curve of the legs is bold rather than delicate, counter balancing the visual weight of the table top with runner.
Because the top is constructed from two species of wood, the maple runner is made to float within the cherry, allowing for differential rates of seasonal expansion and contraction. Humid summer air followed by dry winter heat, especially if in the presence of a wood stove or fireplace, can cause the wood to significantly expand and then shrink.
Carving the runner and shaving the legs
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