The coffee table shown on the left, which is made out of European oak, is the table in question.
I had not built a coffee table with this type of curved legs before so, as I was machining up the timber, I began to think about how I might do the curves.
It was obvious that I would have to cut the curves freehand on the band saw, and it was equally obvious that I would have to make a template first to mark out so that the curves were all the same, but at this point in my thinking, I ran across a snag. The curves are on the two outside, adjacent faces of the coffee table leg. If I marked them both up with my template at the start, when I cut the first curve, it would cut off my marking up of the second curve so I would have no line to follow to cut the second curve. Furthermore, I wouldn't be able to mark it out again because the face I needed to mark it on, was now curved, and I wouldn't be able to hold the template flat against it to mark an accurate line. Finally, I couldn't turn it over and mark it on the flat side, because then, to follow that line, I'd have to try and cut it with the curved surface I'd already cut running over the base of the band saw table which just wouldn't work. Hmmm...!
As I am presently working on another table based on this design, although this time with no drawers, and made from American cherry, I decided to post some images and explanations of how it was done on this blog.
The first job was to do the mortising, this needed to be done first because you need a flat face down on the bed of the mortiser (which you wouldn't have after cutting the curves).
As the top of the leg starts off straight, I used the fence, and set a stop on the band saw so that the cut would cease slightly before the curve started.
This then left me with only 3/4" of the first cut to complete. I simply drew a freehand pencil line over that 3/4" followed it on the band saw, to give me my four legs with adjoining curved faces. A bit of tidying up with a spokeshave and sander completed the job.
As a tip, don't immediately saw up the off cuts for waste, they come in very handy when you want to clamp the curved legs in the bench vice for sanding. Just make sure to put a thin bit of card between the off cut and the legs to prevent the rough cut edge making marks on the face you've already sanded.
The fourth picture shows the legs after sanding.
On the right, you can see how the finished table turned out.