Looking to take your bandsaw to a whole new level of performance and versatility? Here is your chance. After you build the table, contruct the jigs included with the plan, and then see our section -Put Your Bandsaw to Work- starting on page 19 for tips on putting the system to work in your shop. The three jigs included are: tapering jig, duplicating jig, and feather board/single-point fence.
With this table project, Norm found inspiration in an antique shop on the island of Nantucket that features old Irish country style furniture. The table features tapered legs and a 36 inch round top. Norm built his using recycled pine and his methods of construction include mortise and tenon joinery. The plan also shows how to build your own tapering jig for the table saw. View the Larger Image Slideshow to see the actual paper plan you are buying.
The Pencil Post Bed featured in Woodsmith No. 153 has posts that are over six and a half feet long. This jig makes cutting tapers and chamfers on those legs a whole lot easier. Although the jig is rather large, it is simple to make. You will find the instructions in the issue. The jig rides along the rip fence of the table saw to carry the leg past the blade. An indexing system makes it easy to rotate the leg precisely to cut both the tapers and the chamfers.
Ebony inlays highlight this tapered, 16 sided staved vase. You can either turn the base for a smooth, round look, or skip the lathe work and display the faceted version. Three jigs are included with the plan to help with the process.
If you do not have a store-bought tapering jig for your tablesaw, you easily can make one from scrap to safely and accurately cut tapers on legs and other angled workpieces. Here is an easy way to make repeatable angled rip cuts.
Basically I want to show you how to make a simple taper jig. Then blast through a project that looks more difficult than it really is. Do not be afraid to try something different, being different is creative, and that is a good thing!
I recently needed to cut some tapered pieces for a project and did not want to invest in a manufactured jig. So I built the simple jig you see in the photo. It does not take much material to build the jig. You probably have just about everything you will need lying around your shop.
When it came time to make the thick, tapered legs, I needed a way to make a long, angled cut quickly and accurately. But I also wanted to make sure the taper on both legs ended up identical. So, I made a simple taper jig. The jig makes it easy to position the leg at the correct angle and hold it in place during the cut (see photo at this link).
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for taper jig with vacuum clamping. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
This taper jig is accurate and can accommodate a wide variety of lengths, widths, and thicknesses of stock. It also works great for making straight rip cuts on narrow pieces of stock. Extra articles: Shop Made Setup Gauge and a couple Shop Tips on dust control, plug inserts and gripping threaded rods.
This tapering jig allows you to key in actual dimensions: the width of the stock you need to remove, and the length of the taper. The jig locks in place for repeated cuts, yet it can be easily readjusted simply by loosening the wing nut.
Many fine furniture projects such as tables, chairs, etc., call for tapered legs. While there are many methods that could be used to create such tapered legs, probably the easiest is with a tapering jig for your table saw.
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