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Forum topic by Steve Kreins posted 07-21-2014 07:53 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steve Kreins

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07-21-2014 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: leg tapers table taper jig question tip trick tablesaw

I just watched George over at WGOA build an occasional table with a tile top.” http://www.wwgoa.com/video/004916_occasional-table/":http://www.wwgoa.com/video/004916_occasional-table/

He did his leg tapers using a band saw and planer. I do not have a band saw.

Isn’t there a way to use a jig against the fence of my table saw or on the cross cut sled to do tapers?
I’d appreciate some help here. I want to venture out a little from cutting boards and boxes. I’m not done with either, but I want to learn new skills.

Thanks,
Steve

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 08:46 PM

Yes you can build a sled that slides in the miter gauge slots to taper legs. A lot of people use the bandsaw because you don’t need a jig. If you don’t mind building a jig you can do it easily on the tablesaw. I’ve done it many times. Here is but one link for plans, http://www.furnitureplans.com/shop/tapering-sled/

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 08:53 PM

Been using just a handplane to taper legs with. Usually a #5 or a #6 sized plane. I lay out the line i want with a straight edge, and, starting at the bottom/foot of the leg, work my way back up towards the top. Plane to the line, and one final pass to smooth the entire taper. Rotate, rinse and repeat.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 09:26 PM

I think you will see all kinds of options. This is one of my favorites for small batches.
Best wishes Lynn

http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/Ezine/Articles/Making-Tapered-Legs-on-a-Jointer-4173.aspx

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 10:05 PM

Thanks folks. Now at least I know that I can make a jig, I just need to pick the right design.
The hand plan sounds good, but I’m limited on using a lot of hand tools because of the side effects of my chemo therapy and issues with my hands. But Thanks.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 10:17 PM

Thanks to you I found a VERY simple jig by George over at WWGoA on youtube that I’m going to give a try.

Here is a second video by George showing the jig in use with a very important tip on side four if you are tapering all four sides.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 11:55 PM

I prefer a jig that rides in the miter slot. It takes a bit more effort to build, but since it rides in the miter slot, you don’t have to worry about it drifting from the fence and messing up your taper, nor will it kick back.
Here’s the design I prefer:

Instead of using t-track though, I just routed slots for the fence.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 02:15 AM

NiteWalker Thanks, I like this plan.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 02:30 AM

No problem. :-)
I actually made two versions; one is the standard length for table legs; the other is shorter and wider for angled box sides I make.

It’s a great design though.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 02:56 AM

Steve, Take Nite Walker’s advice and do NOT make one of those adjustable angle jigs that slide along the fence. Those things are a wreck looking for a time to happen.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 03:38 AM

NiteWalker, very interested in what you came up with but your photo isn’t showing up on my end. Or is my end just screwed up?

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 03:52 AM

I’ve never heard of any problems with the jigs that slide against the fence? The force the blade is imparting into the piece being cut is actually pushing the piece into the jig. As long as it is (or you have) designed it so that the other side can be held tight against the fence, I don’t see a problem.

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ColonelTravis

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 03:59 AM

Now it’s there. Great plan.

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 07-22-2014 07:06 AM



I ve never heard of any problems with the jigs that slide against the fence? The force the blade is imparting into the piece being cut is actually pushing the piece into the jig. As long as it is (or you have) designed it so that the other side can be held tight against the fence, I don t see a problem.

- bigblockyeti


It’s not that there’s inherently a problem with the fence riding taper jigs (unless it’s the kind that folds at the end with a hinge; those are finger traps), it’s just there’s always the chance that the jig could drift away from the fence, or that the fence isn’t set exactly the proper distance from the jig.

I just prefer the miter bar; the less variables involved, the less that can go wrong.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 08:57 AM

Steve here is another idea: http://www.woodsmithshop.com/download/104/104-taperrippingjig.pdf

Gerry

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cutworm

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#15 posted 07-22-2014 11:47 AM

I made this one. It works well for me.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/72080

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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