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Blog entry by patron posted 12-07-2010 07:01 PM 1815 reads 6 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is a simple way to do the preliminary
taper to ball leg (the shaping and claws are up to you )

i start by clamping two square legs together
and drilling both ( 1/2 for each)
and turning them and drilling again

.
next i make a sled or cut out taper guide
from the taper point

.
(leaving the end square for rail attachment
and to keep it from tilting in the tooling process)
and against the fence on the bandsaw
cut to the previous half hole
turn and do the other side


.
using the same jig
i sand it on the spindle sander
making sure to sand against the drum
not with it as it will grab
and bind the piece
(and maybe your fingers)
with a stop for when it gets to the half circle
turn and do again

.
that’s about it
from here you can round
shape
carve
or inlay
what ever you like

i’ve done it the way where you tape all the cutoff’s
back on and cut again
but this is easier for me
and gives me more similar parts

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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Bob Kollman

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 07:18 PM

Thanks David, I am going to build a desk for my wife over x-mas vacation,
this is one more idea I can think about. I really like this idea and the tapering jig,
I always get a little nervous at the table saw using what I call the Norm Jig.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 07:24 PM

Very good technique David… Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ellen35

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 07:27 PM

great explanation, David… you got nice legs ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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patron

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 07:28 PM

keep your hands out of the tools

and your minds out of the gutters lol

happy holidays !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 07:37 PM

well thank you ellen

you obviously
have good taste lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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mafe

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 07:43 PM

Clever David, and now with nice legs – what’s next?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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patron

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 07:53 PM

hi mads

calvin kline billboards
in my underwear

what else

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TheDane

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 09:12 PM

David—TMI (too much information)!

Actually, I am starting to design a dining table for my daughter, and this tip may come in very handy. Thanks!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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degoose

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 09:12 PM

That is so simple… I love it.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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tdv

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#10 posted 12-07-2010 09:27 PM

David I like the sanding jig with the built in stop neat idea you’re obviously a thinking man (bet you didn’t think about how you’d get to sit down with the billboards in your underwear) just do it carefully
Best to you
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Bricofleur

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#11 posted 12-07-2010 09:31 PM

Clever. Thanks for sharing this technique. Since I like it very much, I’m saving few pictures for future reference. This can add elegance to any table!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 12-07-2010 09:31 PM

David, this is a very good tutorial. I know, because I am able to understand the concept presented here and that doesn’t happen very often for me when we are talking about tutorials involving fences and jigs and… Now if I only had a bandsaw.. and a table saw.. and a drill press ….. then I could make a jig and cut out tapered table legs. Nevertheless if ever I do get some of those big girl tools I know now that I can look up your blog and follow the bouncing ball. Thanks friend!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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TheDane

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#13 posted 12-07-2010 09:34 PM

rivergirl—Sounds like you need to write a letter to Santa!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 12-07-2010 09:36 PM

Dane- Been there- done that… but I guess “Virginia” was wrong… And about that Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy. Houston, we have a problem. ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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TheDane

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#15 posted 12-07-2010 10:12 PM

rivergirl—I know … anymore, I am reduced to sitting in the woods waiting for a Saint Bernard with a cask of Brandy strapped to his neck.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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