substitue for a turned post.

Hello,
I am making a bench, and the plans call for the top of the front leg to be turned between the bench seat and the bottom of the armrest. I do not have a lathe, nor do I have much experience turning. My question is: Can anyone give me some ideas on how I can dress up this part of my front leg. I would rather not have just a square post there.
Thanks
LC
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Run it through the tablesaw and chamfer the legs. You may also route flutes into it.
Dave

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This is a great suggestion, or you could cut them with a bandsaw and produce something that is out-of-ordinary. You can do tapers, curves, curve down to a broader foot, etc. Lots of possibilites that won't come off looking like another turned leg.
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Take the chamfer to an extreme, and make octagonal posts. If no tablesaw, use a plane.
Use a spokeshave to cut stopped chamfers.
Make a square, tapered post...it can taper to be quite thin at one end (using table saw or plane, etc).
Use a router to cut a bead on the 4 corners. If no router, use a scratchstock.
Instead of a "post", use a piece that's wider in the front to back dimension, and cut some sort of ornamental bracket/gingerbread type shape into it, using a bandsaw/scrollsaw/fretsaw/coping saw, whichever is available.
Take your post & taper it both ways from the center, use the plane to make it octagonal, then 16-sided, then round (you can get very close to perfectly round with a block plane & a little care)...now you have a round post with a nice swell in the middle, without any lathe involved.
Lots of possibilities here...
John
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Folks,
Thanks for all the great ideas. You have got my brain working so I should be ok from here.
Thanks again
Larry C

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substitue for a turned post. Group: rec.woodworking Date: Fri, Oct 15, 2004, 2:21pm (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (LarryC) needs to know: <snip> Can anyone give me some ideas on how I can dress up this part of my front leg. I would rather not have just a square post there.
Yes, I can see that having a front leg with a square post would not be good.
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