A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part Three

The sun has returned and the temperature is a pleasant workable 9.3°C. (48.7°F.) in The Lemon Studio.

I glued the reader’s companion together yesterday afternoon and this morning I began tidying it all up. I faired the ears into the tops of the legs and started rounding over the external corners of the leg posts. I left this task until I had the whole glued together for two reasons: firstly, there wasn’t a convenient method of securing the legs in the vice to round over the upper posts without damaging the cabriole sections and secondly, I thought it might be prudent to retain the post corners in the event I needed to cramp the table during the glue-up. As it turns out, the assembled companion makes the perfect ‘bench’ for rounding over the leg posts!

The front right leg post rounded over.

The decorative side and back curves were left oversize adjacent to the rear posts (to protect the vulnerable, short-grained areas above the top tenons) and will be faired into the rear posts once the posts have been rounded over.

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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