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Forum topic by Joe posted 02-14-2009 01:04 AM 801 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe

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02-14-2009 01:04 AM

Greetings all,

I am making a couple of night stands and found some rough sawn 8/4 soft maple that’s 5” in width. I already cut the stock to down to 27”. The size of the legs at 26” (L) X 1”1/2 square. Would it be better to cut the rough stock into the leg size then jointer/plane to final size or jointer/plane then cut my leg stock?

I was going cut them to 1”3/4, then jointer and plane them down to final dimension. But I thought I would ask the board before doing it. The lumber is relatively strait. Thanks…

Joe

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#1 posted 02-14-2009 01:08 AM

Joe, After watching the famous “Norm” tackle this he always rough cuts, then finishes up on the jointer. So are the legs going to be straight for the full length, or will you be daring and taper them?

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#2 posted 02-14-2009 01:10 AM

I built a taper jig, so I will be tapering them. I have been practicing on 2X4 cut in half.

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#3 posted 02-14-2009 01:16 AM

Excellent, that’s how I did the small pine table, built a taper jig and then dressed the cuts up with the jointer. I was reading your other posting about the biscuits, I use them to keep things in line, makes gluing up faster, just be sure to keep them far enough from the edges so as not to show.

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 01:20 AM

You dressed the taper cuts on the jointer?

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 02:03 AM

Yes, rough cut as much as you can. Once you get within a 1/4” of final dim, go to the jointer. Jointer one side flat. Be sure to mark it. Ask my students and many of them learn the hard way the first time about marking sides on the jointer. Check your fence for square, make it square if it isn’t. Next put the jointed side against the fence and jointer an adjacent side 90 deg and flat to the adj side. Mark that side also. Next go to the planer. The jointer straightens and squares, it does not make parallel. Adjust planer to take a small cut, place a marked side on table and send through. Do not adjust plander. Rotate so other marked side is down and planer again. Now adjust planer. Repeat until final dim is achieved. This will guarantee a square leg. Next use band saw or taper jig to cut taper if desired. Finally run tapered cut across jointer to smooth up if desired. Be sure to do each leg the same amount of times if precision is required to make sure all 4 legs are exactly the same. Hope this helps.

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 04:02 AM

Got it tooldad, I will be at it tomorrow. Thanks for all the info from everyone. I will post a picture when I am finished. I bought some white board from Lowes, and was going to make the table out of that (practice before the maple) and give it to someone. After getting it home I realized the boards were quit cupped and jointing/planing them would make them to thin seeing how they were at 3/4” already. So I said screw it and am just going to get started with the maple. I have enough for some mistakes. If not I guess I will go buy some more from Yukon Lumber.

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