Tapering Jig

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Project by Mike Lingenfelter posted 08-09-2009 11:42 PM 6104 views 32 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m working a small table that has tapered legs and I needed a good way to make the tapers. When I was working on the mock-up of the table, I made quick one time use jig, to taper the legs. The jig worked ok but gave some inconsistent results. When it came time to make the final version of the table, I wanted a better way to taper the legs. I researched several different methods and alternative jigs.

I came across this jig over at Fine Woodworking, made by Richard W. Beebe. There is a great video that goes with article, you should check it out. The jig is a little more complex than some, but it addressed 4-way tapered legs the best. It didn’t take that long to build and the results were excellent.

I also wrote about building it in a little more detail over on my blog if you want to read more about it. It should be a jig I use over and over.

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 12:08 AM

Now that’s a nice tapering jig!

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 12:19 AM

I’m about to make a desk and hadn’t considered tapered legs. I think I might now just to have an excuse to build the jig first. Thanks.

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 12:58 AM

That’s a very impressive jig. It looks like it’s got pretty much every situation covered. If it could make coffee it would be perfect. Nice work.

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 02:35 AM

Looks like a very useful jig, and you did a great job on building it. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 02:40 AM

At first I was thinking that it was so overcomplicated , but after watching the video that you provided , I really am impressed by it . Thank you for sharing it with us : ) You did a great job building yours as well !

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 03:45 AM

Thanks, I’ll file this one away for later. BTKS

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 03:48 AM

Very nice and well executed tapering jig!
Looks to be a worker.
Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 04:31 AM

Dusty – When I found this jig I thought the same thing, but like you the video showed it wasn’t that complex after all. The holding power of the clamp is very impressive. Nothing ever moved when cut the 3 legs for my table.

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 04:43 AM

good work Mike

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 11:24 PM

Here is another version that is very simple and inexpensive, with good control. A featherboard holds the jig against the rip fence (I made the base from 3/4” plywood so the featherboard will pass under the leg stock). The large toggle clamps are for leg stock, and the small toggle clamp is for 3/4” stock.

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