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Forum topic by cdarney posted 09-15-2012 09:25 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2012 09:25 PM

This must be simpler than I’m making it.

I need to cut as 2 degree angle on two sides of a piece of wood that’s ~1.5” wide. It’s for a mallet handle. I want to cut them on a table saw. I can easily cut the first side by making an auxiliary fence at the angle I need. How do I get the other side at the correct angle? If I put the angles edge to any fence it doesn’t give me the cut I want.

Please tell me there’s a simple solution!

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 11:45 PM

If I understand you, you are trying to to taper the long sides of a 1 and 1/2 inch board. You do this on a table saw using a tapering jig which you can make with wood scraps. They are used for tapering table legs among other things. Google ” tapering wooden legs”

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 11:50 PM

First cut is at 1.5 degrees, turn it over and the second cut is at 3 degrees…?

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 11:52 PM

Draw the lines on board, cut to the line on band saw. Clean it up w/ a plane.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 12:22 AM

I’m with Bondo

Something the size of a mallet handle can be cut quicker and safer on a bandsaw. No jigs, no farting around, no kickback.

A hand plane can clean up the saw marks in a minute.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 12:36 AM

Bandsaw or sander…... Then you still have fingers to hold the mallet…...

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 01:28 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions. The bandsaw, while safer, would not have been as accurate, at least for me. I ended up using the tapered leg jig I made a couple of years ago. I cut the first side, taped the waste back onto it, then ran the taped side against the jig. Voila! Both sides at the same angle!

Thanks again for your help. I knew I was over-thinking the problem.


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