Opposing Arch Table #4: Tapered Legs and Joinery

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Blog entry by Blake posted 10-18-2008 09:36 PM 6489 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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On my Sewing Table I tapered the legs on only two sides. I made the cuts freehand on the bandsaw and then cleaned them up on the Jointer and sander. For this table I really wanted to taper the legs on all four sides for a more refined look.

So I decided the easiest way to make the tapers would be to build a simple “5 minute jig.” So this is the quick, cheap, disposable, dedicated taper jig I made:

Here it is set up on the table saw… The rip fence is being used as a guide:

Done… This taper jig worked really well. I got surprisingly smooth cuts which will cut down on sanding time.

Its not an optical illusion, those are tapered legs!

Here’s how I cut the haunches of the tenons on the table saw:

And the waste on the bandsaw:

Because of how small my legs are I decided to make ”Mitered Tenons” where the tenons actually meet as a miter inside the mortise. Here is a Sketchup of the joinery:

I cut the miters on the table saw:

Here is what it will look like inside:

There’s one of the mitered tenons in the mortise…

After a little trimming all the joinery fits great in the dry-fit. I have a lot of sanding and other work to do before I glue it up:

This was another 2 1/2 hours. Total project time: 10.5 hours

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-18-2008 11:25 PM

That is great Blake. You are just kickin butt. I love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 12:55 AM


Right choice on tapering all 4 sides. The legs with the lamination are going to be just the right scale and proportion. Awesome.

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Bill Akins

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 01:09 AM

I really like the jig, great legs.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 03:29 AM

So much for zero clearance blade guide and sawdust collection.

Looks great Blake. Tablesaw and bandsaw the only way to make tenons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 10-19-2008 06:26 PM

Tablesaw, bandsaw and Radial Arm Saw.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 10-21-2008 02:42 AM

Looking good Blake! Nice work, great blog.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 02:05 AM

Wow! You make it look so easy and effortless. Great documentation.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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