Help with chair leg taper on table saw

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Forum topic by Boomerriz posted 08-04-2014 07:11 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2014 07:11 PM

First post here, relatively new to the field.

I’m trying to make a set of kitchen chairs, but the back legs are giving me fits. They’re 1 piece of wood that tapers back starting at the seat. Here’s an image I found that’s similar:

I built a tapering jig and I can cut the open side of the angle no problem, but I’m having issues trying to figure out the best way to cut the inside taper on a table saw because the reach of the blade will gouge the bottom half an inch or so.

Any advice? Best I can come up with is to stop each cut about an inch short and finish the rest out by hand, but I’m afraid it will not look good.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 07:15 PM

The simple answer is a bandsaw.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 07:15 PM

template and a patterning bit in a router table

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 07:19 PM

Both of the above…

I’d make a 1/4” MDF template, carpet tape it to the stock, band saw close to the pattern, then finish with a pattern bit and router, repeat as necessary…

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 07:36 PM

Thanks so much for the quick answers! I hadn’t thought about a patterning bit but I think that makes a lot of sense.

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