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#1 posted 04-05-2013 05:20 PM

I built a short hold-down miter slot jig (similar to a table saw jointing jig) that I used to cut tapers on two opposing sides of some bench legs. I just marked the taper line on each side, lined it up with the edge of the jig (which is exactly where the cut occurs), and ran each side through the saw.

Perhaps you could use something like that to cut tapers on two opposing faces, and then shim the piece with the offcuts and some carpet tape to cut the other two tapers? (You’d need to shim to keep the piece square to the table, since it would be resting on the newly-tapered faces.)

I wish I had a picture of the jig I made, because it’s really useful for edge jointing and tapering shorter pieces. It’s very much like a typical jointer jig made with toggle clamps, but instead of using toggle clamps it uses a long piece of MDF to hold down the entire length of the workpiece.

Picture something like this – – but half as long, and with a long piece of MDF attached to the toggle clamps so that the entire workpiece is held down. But I didn’t use toggle clamps, I rigged up a sturdier lockdown mechanism by threading bolts through an overhang on the jig, into a t-slot in the MDF.

My description probably doesn’t make much sense, but I can post pictures of the jig later if this sounds useful.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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