Given the rash of postings on the latest issue of Fine Woodworking
(July 2005) and given that my issue has not arrived like everyone
else's, I went to the FWW web page and found the video on the taper
jig. I'm impressed. Are you?
Looks like I have my next project.....
I was impressed, mainly by the clever way it lets you do 4 sided tapers
without having to worry about using cutoffs and double-sided tape, or some
The jig really did look simple to use, and had all the safety that I never
quite feel should be there when I use my simple taper jig. I might make
Is it the same one in the Power Tools issue? If so, I had commissions for
three hall tables last month and the thought of tapering 12 legs on my old
$20 metal tapering jig, where doing just one gave me the heebie jeebies, was
enough of an incentive to give it a try.
Don't rightly know how I got along with out it.
There is a smooth way of making tapered legs. I do it on a joiner with
what they call a wheelie cut. Really a smooth way to do it with no
jigs etc. Basically (and I will not do it justice), what you do on the
leg is make a line half way up the taper. Set the joiner for half the
taper depth and make a pass to the halfway point. (Repeat for each
tapered side) Then turn the leg around and hold the cut side down.
This will make the leg look like it is doing a wheelie. Make another
pass over the joiner and you should have a great tapered leg. Since
you did it on the joiner it does not require as much sanding as a table
I know that it is hard to visualize this but it is truely the best way
to taper legs. I know this sounds like a plug but my brother does
project specific woodworking DVDs and on the Hepplewhite Nightstand
project he shows this technique. The DVD can be found at
If you would like more details on this method please email me. I can
send you some step by step photos (I think). firstname.lastname@example.org
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