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Forum topic by Loren posted 11-22-2013 05:31 PM 1970 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 05:31 PM

I need to plane a slight taper on a piece about 42” long.

I generally overbuild jigs if left to my own devices so I wonder
if anyone has a real simple jig idea for planer tapering.


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#1 posted 11-22-2013 05:42 PM

How about a long piece of MDF, some spacer blocks under the end to be planed down, and hot glue?

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 05:44 PM

It doesn’t need some sort of guide board on edge to
engage the rollers to feed through?

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 06:04 PM

Depending on how wide the leg is, you could just use a tapering jig on the table saw and turn only a kerf into dust verses the entire area to be removed.

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 06:05 PM

Lookity, maybe this would work for you:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/88997

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 10:09 PM

If it is just one edge to be tapered, the table saw with a taper jig as a good bet. You can also use the jointer and creep up on the taper. That is my preferred way of doing this.

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 10:54 PM

The simplest taper jig for the planer is a single board with a cutout in which the blank can be dropped.

Another method is to use a couple parallel rails with a flat board glued between them at the angle needed. Then a couple stop blocks get glued on either end. The blank is loaded into the top and the whole thing is sent through the planer.

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 11:14 PM

I tried it with a support block screwed to one end of a carrier board. The
cut came out with a belly, not an even taper. In this case
I can work with the belly.

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 12:04 AM

There is an excellent YouTube video available showing how to taper stock using a jointer. Pretty easy…if you have a jointer of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZTXvsrzbSQ

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#9 posted 11-23-2013 11:19 AM

I was about to make the same suggestion as scrub. I go the jointer for all my tapering.

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#10 posted 11-24-2013 09:27 PM

I would use a sled type tapering jig that rides in two miter slots on the table saw.

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#11 posted 11-25-2013 12:02 AM

The table saw comments are Ok but what about when you need to taper all 4 sides of a leg? you will need to do some rather creative adjusting to get that jig to work right on the opposite side of the first cuts. Save some headache and use the jointer.

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#12 posted 11-25-2013 01:17 AM

Jointer!

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#13 posted 11-25-2013 01:24 AM

Remmert provided the most appropriate answer to my
particular need in this case, which is tapering 43”
long leg blanks for steam bending dining chair legs
in multiples.

Thanks for all your replies.

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#14 posted 11-25-2013 01:34 AM

Wow, thanks ScrubPlane. You just taught an old dog a new trick.

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