Tablesaw jig for tapering table legs

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Forum topic by Robert Cole posted 03-03-2010 08:45 PM 8976 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Robert Cole

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03-03-2010 08:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tapered leg jig table saw

I am a woodworking novice and have only about 1 year’s experience.

My latest project is a table with a quilted maple top (completed) with tiger maple aprons (completed) and legs (help!).

I want to take 1-1/2” square blanks and taper them on four sides down to 3/4”. I have not been able to figure out how to do this – at least safely.

I would prefer to cut them on my table saw with a jig. If I make a jig it will always be available for future projects. Besides, making a jig would be another project in itself.

Any, and all, help or suggestions are appreciated.

Bob in Ohio

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 08:49 PM

Here’s a link to one designed by Charles Neil … ... works great!

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 09:58 PM

Here is one I made. I have since replaced the MDF base with a plywood base.

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 10:01 PM

I just now posted a BLOG on a table I’m building and I made a fixed tapering jig to do the legs.

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 10:15 PM


I don’t cut tapers on the table saw. I find that with a 5/8” wide blade on the bandsaw, I can cut a very straight line. I then clean up the saw marks with a hand plane.

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 10:16 PM

I made a jig similar to those linked that is 8ft long and doubles as a rip sled for boards without a straight edge.

However, there is another way of doing a taper jig that I have seen…here is an example of it.

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 10:35 PM


I agree with 8Iowa’s comment that is the exact method I am using for tapering.

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