Tapering at an angle

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Forum topic by mission76 posted 06-03-2009 09:37 AM 4164 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2009 09:37 AM

I have just completed my first jig that actually works, a tapering jig for a dresser out of Wood magazine. It was so easy to construct and I don’t know what made me think these were a challenge to make. Anyway a little while ago I stopped working on a wooden lighthouse because I had just gotten back into woodworking and couldn’t figure out how to cut the 30 degree tapered cuts in all the sides. Now after completing this jig I was wondering if I could just make another one and instead of setting it for 90 degree cuts I could set it for 30?

Sounds like a stupid question but after looking it up I can’t seem to find anyone who made a taper jig for angle cuts. So before I go out and waste the wood, will this work or is there some problem I am just not seeing? Hopefully this question makes sense…sorry for the length

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 11:42 AM

not sure i follow…. tapering is actually cutting at angle. usually small angle (10 degrees). it would be better if you explained what you jig can do now and what you want to do and why you think it can’t do it.

remember when you try to cut 4 ways taper to tape the offcut from two sides back so you will have something to rest the wood on. otherwise it is really really dangerous and you will also get lousy cut.

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 04:59 PM

Here’s a link to perfectcuts a program that helps you work out angles , it’s great .

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 05:23 PM

a1Jim, cool link. I’m tired of trial and error on compound miter cuts.
What is the actual cost of the software or program after the free introduction? Are there updates and followup fees?
Looks like a good tool but I’m leary of on-line offers and trials, etc.
Thanks for the link.

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 05:37 PM

Looks like $12-14 for the software depending on download vs. CD and shipping.
Looks like cool software though.

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 11:00 PM

Yeah sorry I wrote the orginal after a long night and it came out like jibberish..anyway I made the standard taper jig that cuts 90 degree cuts for legs and such, however the lighthouse needs taper cuts with a 30 degree bevel on each side to form a hexagon when the six pieces are glued together. So can’t I just make another jig that is the exact same as the orginal except but put it at a 30 degree bevel

I can’t remember the website where the actual lighthouse was pictured but found a similair one here

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#6 posted 06-04-2009 01:52 AM

for tapering, you use tapering jig, like this:

to get a bevel, just tilt the blade at 30 degrees when cutting. if you can’t tilt the blade for some reason, you can raise the material but this can be a little tricky and i wouldn’t recommend it. it you don’t feel comfortable with tapering such long pieces on the table saw, you can use straightedge with circular saw or jigsaw that has the ability to cut at an angle. make sure you cut a bit over 30 and not under 30, as over 30 will show on the inside of the lighthouse and under 30 on the outside.

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