To give the legs an elegant appearance without sacrificing strength, taper them with a bench plane from a thickness of 1 inch at the top to Va inch at the bottom. Mark taper lines along the inside edges of each leg as a planing guide. Then secure the leg face up on your bench, using a notched wood block to fix the bottom end in place. To avoid damaging your plane blade, make sure the bench dogs and the wood block are below the level of the top taper line. Starting near the top of the leg, feed the plane along the surface, increasing the downward pressure as you approach the bottom (left). Continue until you cut to the taper line, then turn the leg over on the bench and repeat the process.
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