That's what I was looking for when I found the video I asked about. I
could imagine a jointer being convenient for repeated rabbets.
I'm surprised that the tapering method seems to be a known,
semi-standard technique. That said, I doubt I'll be trying it.
I taper a lot of things via the jointer, albeit generally not in that
manner nor for things with that much taper; as said, I'd cut that to
near a line w/ the bandsaw and then just clean it up w/ the jointer (or
a hand plane depending on my mood and the particular piece :) ).
Mostly what I do is to start w/ a line and simply work to the line by
starting in the middle and repeat...but as said, it'd be rare indeed to
choose to take that much off on that steep an angle via the jointer alone...
For the doubters on the BS, there's an article in August FWW by Pekovich
of very nice dresser where he tapered the legs their length. One
illustration shows the taper cut in progress; you can see there'll be
very little handwork left when he's done...
On 10/22/2015 4:51 PM, email@example.com wrote:
so I am not sure it assures repeatability more so than a tablesaw.
With the tablesaw, when you are done you can take a swipe on the
jointer. It's fully supported all the way through.
I truly dislike Glen's methods. Taking a point (the first few passes on
two points) and moving it to a spinning blade is asking for trouble.
We're not talking a tablesaw.
I believe that it might actually push back the point and slap the front
down to the table.
But those are my beliefs. I just posted something from the table book in
the binaries. It show's another Glen moment.
I can't stand Glen Huey.
He always shows the most unsafe methods of working.
A jointer can be used to tape legs. Would I do it the way he did?
Absolutely now. I would put the piece up on the outfeed in the same
spot each time and work from there. It self tapers.
His way is dangerous.
I can show you some pics of a book that I have that he does some
unbelievable stupid methods of work.
He should not be teaching others how to do things.
Not terribly _un_safe, no, altho I'd not do that significant a taper
wholly with the jointer and certainly not in as large a bite
(particularly in hardwood which would likely be the target for most
As another said, I'd use the "start in the middle on the outfeed table"
technique for small tapers; as another said that much of a taper would
(should imo) be cut on the bandsaw and cleaned up either as that poster
said w/ handplane or I often do use one or two quick _very_ light passes
over the jointer instead...
Suit yourself on the style of pushstick; I've no real preference there,
but don't see any drastic problem with the traditional (probably 'cuz
that's what was raised with, if nothing else..)
Absolutely safe, if a bit tricky and fussy on setup.
Back in December, at the request of a client, I put tapered legs on a
built-in extension of a kitchen peninsula.
The leg size she wanted was simply too big to cut on a 10" table saw
with tapering jig. I used the exact same method in your video above to
do the leg tapers on the jointer:
You mean NORM in his early years ? Now that was nothing to behold!
He has cleaned up his act after having problems.
Using a table saw can be and often is just as tricky and dangerous.
A high speed blade with hook teeth ? and someone feeds stock into it.
Cutting joints on a table saw can be nasty.
On 10/22/2015 9:24 PM, woodchucker wrote:
I'd disagree w/ a typical small taper on a TS..the bandsaw, yes; TS,
"not so much". Not that it can't be but it's a lot more trouble as you
_must_ have a tapering sled for the TS whereas it's simply a freehand
operation on the BS.
That depends on the construction of the taper sled. If you cut your tapers top-to-bottom, with
the blade entering the side of the leg and exiting from the end, some blade deflection at the
beginning of the cut is almost inevitable, leaving cuts that need some cleanup. That's one of
the main reasons I designed and built what I called "TUTS - The Ultimate Taper Sled" (you
may remember my post about that several years ago). That sled cuts tapers from the bottom
up, with the blade entering the end of the leg and exiting from the side. There's no detectable
blade deflection, and what little cleanup needs to be done can be accomplished in under a
minute with a card scraper.
I started going from the bottom up, when I could not figure out why the
taper was at an angle at the top. I don't remember if it was the rec or
alt binaries where someone recommended bottom up.
My sled was capable either way. To me it seemed I was cutting against
the grain with this method, but the cuts were now square. And it has not
been a problem.
So I'll second your recommendation of cut from the bottom up. It solved
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