I’ve received many phone calls and emails about the sugar chest article in the June 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking. And many questions about the legs, in particular. Everyone wants to know if I have a source for the legs , somewhere where they can just buy them instead of turning each piece. Sorry. I don’t know of any manufacturer that produces the leg I used on the chest. But don’t despair. This is the time to think outside that box.
How about using a different leg for the project? There were many sugar chests built using tapered legs. That’s an obvious answer. No turnings. No lathe required. In fact, this would be a great opportunity to examine at least three methods for tapering legs.
What are the three methods? You can cut the tapers at the band saw to remove a majority of the waste, then finish with a hand plane (if you know me you know this is not my chosen method).