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KnobHouseWorkshop

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04-25-2011 02:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: leg taper jig

I am currently working on the design of a pine farm table. I have glued up legs that are 6” square posts. I am looking for suggestions of how I could taper these legs with the tools I have on hand.

I am limited to a 10” table saw… so with a cutting depth limited to 3.5”, I’m a bit restricted. I was thinking about a jig that would allow me to flip the leg end over end after the first pass so that I could take a second cut in the reverse direction.

Any suggestions of how I may be table to accomplish this task without the use of a jointer or a band saw?

Thanks!


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jmichaeldesign

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 02:35 AM

Do you have a router? You could use a simple shop made sled similar to this.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40923

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KnobHouseWorkshop

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 02:47 AM

Thanks for the suggestion jmichaledesign!

I do have a router… this might be a solution, but I feel my results may be a bit dicey… anyone have any experience using a router sled similar to the one in the reply above?

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ptweedy

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 02:47 AM

I have been working on taper leg jigs quite a bit recently. I would build a three sided box six inchs high and about 10 inchs wide, the length of the blank. Fix the blank into the jig with two screws in each end. one end will be off center to form the taper. Push the jig thru the blade running aganist the rip fence. rotate the blank, drive the screws and repeat.

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KnobHouseWorkshop

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 03:05 AM

Thanks ptweedy!! This is similar to what I had in mind… takes a bit of extra work to create a jig that is similar in size to my legs.. but this may be my best option.

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 03:19 AM

make sure that the jig is very stiff so that you wont get any racking. leave the screws in the center in place and use the other two screws to lock the blank in place. phil

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#6 posted 04-25-2011 03:27 AM

Have you tried using a beaver? I’ve seen them do good work on trees…

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 03:30 AM

Or maybe my golden retriever!

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