I'm procrastinating with my carving. I spent Saturday with Chuck Bender at The Woodworking Show in Springfield, MA. Chuck had a lowboy there with carved knees. I never knew that the back side of the back two legs weren't necessarily carved. His copy didn't have knee blocks back there either. I've carved six sides of legs so now I feel like I should be done. Maybe I'll just leave the front right leg plain.
I need to jump more ropes at museums.
I finally had a chance to make the molding drawn by George Walker in the latest issue of Popular Woodworking. (edit: I assumed that the hash marks in George's drawing represent 1/8".) If you are interested in making this from a single piece keep reading. If you want to build it up, you can stop. This is how I did it.
I guess this is a good time to tell you that I don't cut all of my rabbets by hand.
I missed taking a picture of a step with another rabbet and the side round. A side round is used just like a rabbet with a gauge line: use your fingers as a fence for the first two passes then GO! You need to knock out the purple corner so it doesn't influence the side round as you start.
Rabbet followed by #2 hollow
Rabbet for the chamfer (not shown) followed by #8 hollow (left) and #6 hollow (right)
Depending on where you like it...
Mark it, Dude.