Cutting the mortises and turning the legs

Referring to the anatomy illustration, cut the four legs to size, then chop mortises by hand, as shown on page 91, or use a drill press equipped with a mortising bit. The mortises should be % inch wide and 7A inch deep, leaving space for a Vz inch shoulder on the tenon at each end. Next, turn the legs to the required shape. To help you produce four identical legs, make a hardboard template of the taper. The template should indicate the finished diameter of the legs at several different points along their lengths. Start by separating the pommel, or square section, from the cylindrical section. Mark the pommel line on the leg blanks, then mount one of them on your lathe. Define the pommel with a roughing gouge. Cut a notch at the marked

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