Wood for shaped legs

Laminated constructions are often more satisfactory for curved sections, but if solid timber is used it must be carefully chosen if it is to be strong enough to support the load. Most timber

205 Curve of legs from curve of board is cut below the first branch when felled in order to provide clear, straight logs and for convenience and economy in transport and sawing. However, the craftsman and small user can often control the felling and milling of his timber, and should always be on the lookout for those likely logs and large branches which will naturally afford a ready supply of the curved boards required for chair and table legs and other curved work.

Figure 204 shows a dining-table where the four curved legs came naturally from the curve of the board (Figure 205). With more extreme

206 Examples of leg shapes curves one may have to compromise and aim to get the maximum strength from the grain only where it is most needed. However, in the long term, it is surprising what tight curves can be found in natural branches of trees such as oak or walnut—they just have to be rescued, along with those commercially less attractive logs, before they are reduced to firewood, usually on site when the trees are being felled.

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