The piece of Timberline Lodge furniture that immediately appealed to me was a little side table with a round wood plank top and curved metal strap legs.
After a couple tries, I did it!
I thought about ways to make the curved legs and the approach I came upon was to make a template the shape of the legs and bend my flat wire around it. Making the template was to be kind of a “getting to know you” exercise with my Cameo 4 until my laptop that runs the design software for the Cameo 4 decided not to play along. I had to put that approach on hold for a while.
Now all is well and I made the template. I first tried the kraft blade on mat board without success. It is a new blade for this machine and the software settings are still in development. But I had used the autoblade on oiled stencil board to make a template for the hall tree legs. Stencil board or card seems to be a Great Britain thing. David Neat will tell you all about it. In the U.S. you can buy it at Dick Blick. I found mine at the art supply section of the University book store.
First I drew the shape in my Graphic app. Then I imported it to Silhouette Studio and cut a couple sizes and shapes using card stock. Once I was happy with the pieces, I cut two of the leg shape out of the stencil board and glued them together for more thickness.
I cut two strips of flat wire 5-1/2” long and drilled a hole in the center of each. I also repurposed the four narrower planks from my first attempt.
In response to Deborah’s comment about tools… Our first real life house, 50 years ago, was a “fixer-upper.” I learned a lot about tools and techniques, especially how things work and how to make or repair stuff. Then when I joined the Eugene Miniatures Club and saw the tool collections of some of the other miniaturists, I developed a big case of mini tool envy. Every birthday and Christmas wish list had the hobby version of the tools I used for real life projects. Here is a glimpse of some of my tools. I bought my MicroMark drill press from one of our tool rock stars in the club. I had previously acquired the Dremel with a WorkStation, and the Proxxon table saw.
I fastened the two flat wires together with a rivet, reinforced it with tape before bending and then carefully bent them around the perimeter of my template. I refined the top curves with pliers. It worked as I had hoped.
I glued the edges of the wood planks together, stuck my table top sample to the planks with two-sided tape and cut around the circle with my MicroLux Multisaw. This is a handy tool choice if you want just one budget friendly power saw. It has a couple things that annoy me, but it is possible that those are remedied with their new model.
The idea is to sandwich the top curves of the legs between the table top and a Woodsie. I ensured the top curves were flat against the bottom of the table top and then made a channel for the wire by gluing two thicknesses of stencil card to each quadrant. I glued the legs in place with Weldbond and then glued on a smaller Woodsie to secure them.
I stained and sealed the table top edges and used a little black touch up on the metal and it is finished. Oh! It is so cute.
I’ll bet you are wondering where I’ve been cooking. Well, we put our freestanding kitchen island in the den to hold a portable induction hot plate and other cooking things and positioned a folding table next to it. The island has a cupboard below for storage. In the background you see the dining room and way in the corner is where we put the microwave. In 1911, when our house was built, portable electronics for common household use had not been invented, therefore our house has no original plugs. They were retrofitted where possible, so we distributed the appliances to be near plugs.
There has been progress in the kitchen. We are set have lots of plugs and lighting and we have new drywall. Hubby’s daughter took the train from Seattle to help us paint. She is the best!