150 million years ago a creature bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds fell to the ground, died, and was covered in layers of earth. Minerals replaced its bones over the millennium, forever preserving its form. After this unimaginably long rest people extracted this form, and digitized its image. Finally, in May of 2014, I placed a sheet of tracing paper over my monitor, captured the image of this fossilized creature, and recreated it in ebony and curly maple on the surface of a contemporary end table.
I do not give exact dimensions for this project as they are not critical, and can be approximated by someone attempting this build. Furthermore, I describe the steps in this build as I completed them, but multiple techniques to obtain the same result are possible. If you do not have a tool I use then focus only on the end result, and perhaps you'll find a different way to get there.
The legs for the table start as 7/8" thick sapele that must be made into slats so that they can be glued together in a curved form. Dimension these slats for length on the miter saw, and width on the table saw. Glue these boards together in pairs of two with a piece of similarly dimensioned scrap wood in between. Next, dimension for thickness at the band saw, (the scrap wood in the middle allows for full use of the sapele without getting fingers or push sticks too close to the blade).