I Can Do That: A Tapered-leg Table


Tapered legs lighten the look and add ‘spring’ to a table’s design.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 26-27

From the February 2010 issue #181
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Small tables are useful just about anywhere in the home. They can be easy to build, but a good design is important. To make the design more interesting, tapered legs (often part of Shaker, country and Federal furniture) are part of this design.

The taper begins below the aprons and continues on a slope until it reaches the floor. Tapering lightens the look and keeps the legs thick enough at the top to provide adequate joinery strength.

Additionally, this table’s base is slightly wider than it is deep, and the top overhangs the ends more than at the front or back – the increased work surface adds to the overall design.

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From the February 2010 issue #181
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