I tried Glen Huey's technique on Tapered Legs on a Jointer--now some questions

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05-10-2015 11:48 PM

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I decided to try Glen Huey’s technique for making tapered legs on a jointer. Video below. Now that I’ve done it, I have a couple of questions: 1) Taking off 3/8” on my old Davis/Wells jointer was a bit of an adventure. It seems plenty sharp for normal use, but I didn’t think to sharpen it before this. If anyone else has tried this, have you had any experience as to whether one should only try this directly after sharpening the knives. 2) I had to take off the guard because it was going to hit the knives at this height. It occurred to me later that the answer was probably to move the fence over and it could have not allowed the guard to move that far and it would have been safer. I tend to leave the fence in place.

Anyone had any experience using this technique.

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 01:08 AM

I have not. Aways used a table saw with a shop made taper jig or a band saw . Tried it many years ago but once I made the taper jig, never used that method again.

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 01:09 AM

That is absolutely insane to me. I would cut it on the band saw or table saw before taking it to the joiner. Just my 2cents.


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#3 posted 05-11-2015 01:44 AM

Jinx, the way some members talk about “Perfect”, cutting it on a band saw then cleaning it on the jointer would not be consistent, and would be labor intensive.

I am impressed by the method shown in the video. It’s done safely, and will get the job done with little effort.

I’ve done hundreds of 1/2” tapers in one pass on my jointer. I just make sure to set up a stop to start at, then there won’t be any kick backs. ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 02:37 AM

Yeah, I would hate to see the tearout on my jointer making a cut that deep.
I think I will stick to a simple tapering sled on the tablesaw.

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 10:48 AM

Jerry, understand. It looks scary to me.


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#6 posted 05-11-2015 11:35 AM

best method to me is to cut the taper on the table saw and clean that up on the jointer.

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#7 posted 05-11-2015 12:11 PM

Always found a #5 jack plane to do it safest. Just as fast as the electric stuff, without the spinning blades or noise. Besides, on the last full length swipe, that face won’t even need to be is done. Rotate and do it again.

I can start them out with a #3 or #4 until I get a ways up the tapered part, then switch to the longer planes. I just mark out the taper as a line that I can see, and go until I can no longer see it.

I tend to do a lot of tapered legs, since I do a lot of Shaker style tables.

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