Mortise or dowel holes in turned legs can be marked out and cut into the square section with the holes plugged with softwood before turning in the lathe, or a simple cradle can be made (209:1) to hold the finished turning. This is an open-sided box with the bottom and sides at
true right angles, and the leg held in position by end screwing or nailing and wedging it in the fixed position. All boring out can then be done vertically on one face, the box turned over on its side and the other face also bored vertically to give a right-angled orientation. Marking out of mortises can also be done by fixing the work between the lathe centres and using the tool rest as a guide for the pencil; or right-angled marking can be done as shown in 209:2, with a shaped block on which the mortise centres (X, X) are laid out G-cramped/C-clamped to the leg. A method of attaching turned taper legs is shown in 210, with a firm tenon turned on the
leg. The shoulders of the leg are also counterbored for additional strength, and the leg is secured to the block by gluing and wedging from above, after which the block is glued and screwed to the carcass base or framing.
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