200 Moulded leg details

201 Tripod and pillar legs
202 Pillar leg joints

method which preserves the shaft moulding intact is shown in 202:3, in which the top of the leg only is scribed to the shaft which is flattened to receive the remainder. This does away with the necessity of scribing the dovetail shoulders. As there is always a tendency for these legs to spread outward in time, no matter what jointing method is adopted, all old tables have to be reinforced sooner or later with a brass or steel plate. This is usually very roughly done, for

203 Gluing up tripod leg assembly

204 Dining-table with curved legs most antique dealers are only concerned to have the job done as cheaply as possible, but a good plate should be set in flush and shaped as shown in 202:4.

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