Leafing through a woodworking magazine, a wood tabletop with forged legs caught my client’s attention. He wanted to emulate this table. He would make the tabletop, and I would make the legs.
These table legs were originally designed by California-based blacksmith Daniel Dole. Although the table leg design was already established, there were still issues to be addressed for this particular project.
Using pictures in the magazine article, I reverse-engineered the legs, ascertaining the techniques Daniel used to produce the final look. I determined what size(s) of metal stock to use, the order in which to construct the legs, etc.
I recruited fellow blacksmith John Crouchet to assist with the project. We got to work, armed with life size drawings I’d made to ensure the legs were sized appropriately to the wood top.
Stock used for the legs included 3/4” and 5/8” square bar, and 1.5” x 1/4” made for some nice, beefy collars.
Having worked with John before on projects such as Tom’s Coffee Table, I was confident we’d end up with a beautiful finished product. We weren’t disappointed.
Stay tuned!: More pics to come when the legs are finally attached to the finished tabletop... Also, the art dies on the power hammer left some delicious texture where the spreading steel meets the floor and the tabletop, and I need to get detail pics of that as well...
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