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12-20-2010 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip miter saw tablesaw shaping arts and crafts planer

The Arts and Crafts bench, Wood magazine Oct 2010, required a bevel on the four posts/legs. Several of the fellow students asked how I made the bevel, so I thought I would share. I know it’s simple, but sometimes the simple is the best.

The process is a two step process: create the leg with exactly the width and thickness; then cutting the bevel.

Getting the legs square

I planed the raw wood the to correct thickness, 1.5 inches plus about an 1/8 inch. Using the table saw I cut four legs to the same width of 1 5/8 inch. I numbered the sides of the leg as shown below.

Using the planer again, I slowly reduce the thickness of each leg. Side 1 of each leg was planed, then Side 2. The thickness was reduced, Side 3 and Side 4. When I was getting close to the correct dimension, I changed process slightly. Reduce the thickness, then sides 1, 2, 3, 4. Reduce the thickness, then sides 3, 4, 1, 2. This gave a simple way to get square legs.

Cutting the Bevel

Wood magazine’s description requires the building of miter gauge extension, then using the miter gauge with the table saw blade tilted 20 degrees. The miter gauge on the table saw has seen some use and is a bit loose, so the miter saw was used. Rotating the blade of the miter saw to 20 degrees and setting a stop block, the saw was ready. Placie the leg tight against the block, cut one side, rotate the leg, and make another cut until all four sides have been beveled.

This one of the finished legs:

Hope this helps.

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 11:07 PM

You just can’t beat the KISS principle. Love it!

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