Mount a 3V2-inch-square blank on your lathe and turn it with a roughing gouge followed by a spindle gouge, leaving a lip and enough stock near the bottom for the leg sockets. To help you produce the proper shape, refer to the anatomy illustration (page 78) and fashion yourself a template, as you would to turn a drop-leaf table leg (page 69). Use a parting tool to turn the rail tenon at the top of the column, periodically checking its diameter with outside calipers (right). Smooth the column with progressively finer grits of sandpaper.
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