I am seeking advice on how to make a bench style ottoman. I refuse to pay $1200 for the one that matches my sofa, and look forward to the challenge of making one myself. A fellow handy person suggested that I make my first project less daunting by purchasing the legs and making the rest. So, I am looking for 4 tapered square legs that measure appx. 12" high, in a dark strong wood. Lots of places carry turned legs, but I am simply looking for squared. Any advice?
I had to repair some chairs and ordered a catalog from this site it looks like they might have what you are looking for. http://www.adamswoodproducts.com/ The other place you might try is http://www.vandykes.com/ I don't know if if this place will have what you described though.
Before you order, you should think about how you plan to join. These are not legs with screwtop plates for attaching to a panel...although those can be found at some home centers (yuck).
A mortise and tenon would be a good joint for the aprons to the legs. If you aren't up to making those, I suggest the beadLOCK loose tenon jig is wonderful for this type use.
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You will also want to figure out how to hold the cushion. Perhaps the simplest is to make a panel the size of the opening and screw a ledge (3/4" stock) on the inside of the rails.
Good luck with it. It should be a nice first project.
John Lucas www.woodshopdemos.com