Any advice on making table legs

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Forum topic by Cooper posted 04-01-2008 09:17 PM 1034 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2008 09:17 PM

I am going to try my hand at making a set of bedside tables. I have never made a tappered leg before and was hoping someone may have some advise on how to get them straight and keep them straight. I have a tappering jig and I am starting out with 8/4 cherry. Thanks for any thoughts.


-- Jason, New York

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 01:23 AM

Do you know how to use the taper jig? It’s pretty straight forward.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 03:26 AM

Jason – try these linksfor a general idea.

I personally do not like the little jig that is shown in the photo – the little blue jig – to me there is not enough holding power to keep the work piece in place. I prefer to make a jig for what ever taper I want to do. I generally lay out the taper on a piece of ply and put stops on the ply to outline the taper. I also put a toggle clamp on the “sled” to make sure the piece stays where I want it. Some would say that’s overkill and takes to long to do, but I’ve got the time and it works for me.

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 01:35 PM

Thanks guys, but my real concern is the wood warping afterwards. I just finished up a walnut chest for my wife and I had to re-make the top because it decided to twist up long after I glued it, some say it was just a bad section of wood, but it was quater sawn. Anyways I was just wondering if there is a full proof way to start out with the lumber that would prevent this from happening to the legs, as they are thin and long. I guess just jointing one side and then planning is about all I can do to start out. Wish me luck, but then again its not the first time something has gone wrong and ended up in the scrap bin!

-- Jason, New York

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 02:07 PM

just remember that wood is dynamic meaning that it swells and shrinks with humidity. Check the humidity on the wood before you start. Wood that is not dry enough can twist like you describe on your chest.

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