Can someone offer some advice on using a jig to cut tapers on legs on a
table saw. I made a jig I saw in a book but the damn wood being cut for the
leg just moves all over the place and binds in the blade.
Can you clarify your technique? I can't determine which part of the
wood is binding in the blade; is it the waste or the leg? Are you
clamping the leg to the jig or allowing it to float and using pressure
against a fence?.
I'm making two jigs for cutting leg tapers. The first is a shallow
taper for the initial side cut and the second jig has a steeper angle
to rest the first cut side against. I plan to clamp the leg to the jig
and not use any fence.
I have to wonder if there is a problem with your blade or fence. I have a
jig that I tapered a pencil post bed with. I use a 20 tooth rip blade with
it. The Forrest blade I have uses too much horsepower for heavy ripping. I
was ripping 3" stock with a 1 1/2 hp saw. I now rip on a bandsaw.
> Can someone offer some advice on using a jig to cut tapers on legs on a
> table saw. I made a jig I saw in a book but the damn wood being
cut for the
> leg just moves all over the place and binds in the blade.
I made one following the NYW proportions after my Craftsman unit broke
and it works quite well.
Not sure I understand your problem.
How are you holding the wood? It should rest against the jig, there should
be a "foot" at the bottom that acts as a stop, and you should be holding the
wood to be cut at the same time you use the jig against the fence.
Ahhhhh! When you say "holding" against the fence you mean with a 'push
stick' or 'push block' right?
I use a commercial variety of the tapering jig that Norm uses
(http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid184 ) and it works fine, but
I almost always push the wood against the fence with my left hand using a
push stick as I feed the jig through with my right hand.
I cut a lot of tapered legs and finally settled on one similar to the one in
Fine Wood Working magazines 2005 "Power Tools" issue.
Scroll down to in the photographs at "Taper Jig" on the page below:
You should be able to reproduce it just from the photos.
I use a similar "taper sled" with slightly different hold-downs. In my
opinion, these are the way to go. Safe, accurate, and very quick and
easy to make up.
The same jig can easily do one to all sided tapers.
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