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CharlieM1958

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1145 days ago

Okay ladies and gentlemen, I’m taking a survey….

I’m currently working on a chess table, and the legs will be tapered on two sides (adjacent faces). The last time I did this, I put the tapered sides on the inside, leaving the outer faces perpendicular to the table top. But now I’m wondering if it would be better the other way, with the tapered sides facing out, and the inner surfaces perpendicular to the top.

Is there a “correct” way, or is it just personal preference? Opinions?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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GMman

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#1 posted 1145 days ago

it would be better the other way

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 1145 days ago

Taper on the inside. If the taper is on the outside then the table may seem pigeon toed and unstable. 2Cents only

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patron

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#3 posted 1145 days ago

the wider the leg sits on the floor
the more stable it will be

depending on the thickness
and the taper
you might loose some inches overall
making it somewhat top heavy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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j_olsen

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#4 posted 1145 days ago

i have to agree with GMman—with the taper on the outside I think the look would be that the table was on the verge of falling over—just my 2 cents worth

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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Randy Sharp

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#5 posted 1145 days ago

My personal preference is inside taper. I agree with Kindlingmaker on the toe-out look. Regardless, I look forward to seeing the finished project Charlie. I favorited your earlier chess table some time back. You do beautiful work.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1145 days ago

Guess I’m just joining a chorus at this point :-)) Taper inside.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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cabmaker

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#7 posted 1144 days ago

Inside taper here

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drewnahant

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#8 posted 1144 days ago

on a small table like that, definitely taper in, it would look unstable with the taper out, like an upside-down pyramid. sometimes you can put the taper on the outside to accentuate it on a larger piece, but not on a chess table.

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Karson

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#9 posted 1144 days ago

The Shaker design did taper on inside of the legs. At least all of the Shaker tables that I’ve made. :>)

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 1144 days ago

Well, it looks fairly unanimous. Chalk that up to a random wild though, I suppose.

Just to clarify, I’m talking about pretty slender legs with a gentle taper similar to this:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 1144 days ago

Nice looking legs Charlie!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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rcs47

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#12 posted 1144 days ago

Why not taper all four? It works for a turned leg.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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drewnahant

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#13 posted 1144 days ago

rec42, it’s tricky to taper all 4 sides, because once you taper 2, you have to change your taper setup since you dont have square faces to reference on the table and fence while cutting the third, and even worse for the fourth. it can be done, and fairly easily, by using your cutoffs to prop up your workpiece, or by adjusting taper setup for double angle, then for compound angle, it’s just a bit tougher, and not as common as the half taper legs.

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EPJartisan

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#14 posted 1144 days ago

I also vote for inside tapers for the same reasons pointed out above.
BUT if you do taper the outside, I recommend you balance it with feet that turn out to even with to the sides, yet on a small piece it would still be kinda odd feeling. I try things out in foam first.

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tdv

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#15 posted 1144 days ago

Charlie I may be old fashioned (& I guess you can try anything once ) but always taper the inside If you put the taper to the outside only without a matching taper on the inside it does look really odd (Mr Chippendale did know his stuff) though some people like ODD?
Best Charlie
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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