Cutting the Chunky Curved Legs using a Template
Previously, I posted plans to build a dresser with chunky curved legs and I also mentioned that I was going to add it near the top of my “to build” list! The build is going so well, and the front legs were a breeze to cut. Let me offer a little clarification in the process of creating the legs by showing how to cut the wood legs with a template. Trust me, they are super-easy to create!
Start by printing the template for the legs in the plan. Align the registration marks, tape the sheets together, then cut out the template.
For this particular plan, a 45° bevel will be cut in both edges of one side of a 2×6 board.
The template will be aligned with the flat side of the bevel, not the point. (See the photos!) I traced around the template with a pencil.
In order to make both legs as close to identical as I can get them (it will drive me nuts if they are different), I aligned the pieces at the point of the bevel, then drove 2-1/2″ screws through both pieces.
It is easier to cut the legs with a bandsaw, if one is available, and the legs can also be cut with a jigsaw. I made a series of relief cuts in the excess material that would be cut away.
After the legs were cut, I sanded the pieces with 60 grit sandpaper (<– affiliate link!), followed by 120 grit. I removed the screws and filled the holes with wood filler. I used a dark colored filler because I know I want a dark stain on the dresser. I also filled any minor nicks left by the relief cuts.
Once the filler dries, I will sand the legs with 220 grit sandpaper then complete the plan. I cannot wait until it is finished! This quick tutorial on how to cut wood legs with a template should take some of the hesitation out…
This cute and curvy dresser plan also utilizes a template to cut the curves for the aprons and on the legs.
They really were simple to create but if you have any questions, please leave a comment below!
Originally posted 2015-04-09 08:00:12.