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Forum topic by dawgsfan posted 07-08-2015 01:03 PM 928 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2015 01:03 PM

I am fairly new to woodworking. I was building my first bench of this style and ran into a problem that took way to long to get the exact angle I needed. I would like to know what the options are to make a greater than 45 degree cut. I never got it exact but it is around 63 degree. The way I finally cut it was dangerous to me, I do not feel comfortable making that type of cut again. i would love the advice of the people that has this type design figured out.
Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 01:26 PM

You can use a tapering jig. Just google it or use the search here.


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#2 posted 07-08-2015 01:40 PM

Use the first piece to mark the cut on the second piece, and use a hand saw? Not much dangerous that way, if you saw into your hand, stop sawing. Its SawStop, before SawStop was a thing.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 01:42 PM

fan, it depends on how long the board is and if you have a band saw and/or a jointer but, generally speaking, probably the easiest method is to use a hand saw (edit : Ed says, who beat me to the answer).

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 01:50 PM

I would definitely use a tapering jig on the table saw, you can find them cheap enough online. or build your own, here is link to a you tube video

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#5 posted 07-08-2015 01:55 PM

If you have a miter saw with capacity to make that depth of a cut, an acute angle jig would make that cut safely. I used one for making hundreds of fence pickets last year and it worked great.

Here is one link on such a jig...

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 01:58 PM

I would use a bandsaw and clean up the cut with a handplane.

If you don’t have a bandsaw I think your best route is a handsaw and clean up with a hand plane.

Other than that you have to use a jig with a high vertical fence in the TS.

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 02:12 PM

Wow, thanks everyone for the responses. I do have a band saw but since I am new to all this it has been a little aggravating for me to use. I need to do a proper setup on it before I continue using it. I do not have any hand planes yet. hand sawing is an option I did not even think about. I guess in our fast paced world and power tools I skipped rite over the old school way that was used for many decades. Spent most my money on modern equipment and failed to by a good hand saw. Guess what my next purchase will be? I am also going to check into the taper jig as well. I love this forum, it’s awesome that i can ask such simple questions and get a wide variety of responses without being harassed or people being A-holes. Thanks again

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 04:57 PM

If the item is small enough to stand on your TS, set the TS blade at 27°. You can build a temp high fence and use a square push board/block. Or if you intend on multiple builds same item, construct a sliding high fence to clamp the item then run it through the blade.

-- I meant to do that!

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 07:07 PM

Exactly, you figure out how to cut it at 27°

FYI, it’s called a scarf.

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 10:10 PM

I agree with rwe2156, I’d use my bandsaw and clean it up with a hand plane. I’ve done that kind of cut with a jig that rides along my table saw fence which is very safe, you clamp the wood the the jig so your hands are well away from the blade. The only limit with this method is that you can’t use a very long piece of wood as it has to sit vertically as it rides past the blade.

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#11 posted 07-09-2015 02:45 AM

Sorry for the pictures being side ways for some reason,not sure why.
That is how I cut it, it was in the vertical position and the board is a 2×6 that is 35 ” long.So for me with no jig at this point, I was not really comfortable making that type of cut,I have not seen a jig that Dabcan or Ghidrah mentioned. I was not able to figure the exact angle out either, so I had a very small gap at both ends, it is an outside fire pit bench so it was not a huge deal to my wife, but I do like things to be exact so It has bothered me.I know its all apart of learning,trial and error. one of my main concerns is safety and making a finished item presentable. Thanks for all the tips and advice

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