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Tapering Legs

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I am winging a design from a few books and photos I looked at trying to figure out how to cut these legs. I am building a blanket chest / toy box.

I have 3x3 white oak blanks and can’t grasp the concept on how to cut this design for the legs. If I only cut a (2) taper then the sides wouldn’t be tapered how I want correct?


Can anyone explain the legs in these photos and tell me how I would taper these? I have a jig and table saw that I’ll
be using.


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Those legs aren't just tapered they are curved. If I were doing those I would cut them on a bandsaw and sand them.
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Those legs aren't just tapered they are curved. If I were doing those I would cut them on a bandsaw and sand them.
Steve, thanks for the reply. I did see that they were curved. I figured I could get a similar “more square” look with a table saw and jig cut. I just thought it would be a little easier than drawing it out, bandsawing, and then sanding down to the lines.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-27-2018, 10:00 PM
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the images are not the same!

The first image shows a curved leg. The lower image shows a tapered leg. Which leg do you like? and then, how can you make it becomes important. You'd want a bandsaw for the curved one, and a taper jig for your table saw for the other.

Personally, I like the curve. The tapered straight lines make it look like a saw horse, really stiff looking. The curve adds some releif and lightens it up, for my tastes. Have you been wanting a new bandsaw... here's a chance to justify one.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Steve, thanks for the reply. I did see that they were curved. I figured I could get a similar “more square” look with a table saw and jig cut. I just thought it would be a little easier than drawing it out, bandsawing, and then sanding down to the lines.
If the leg didn't have to have the curve in the middle you could taper the legs on a jointer. You would start the cut by sitting the fat end of the leg on the rear table and then joint to the other end.
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The first image shows a curved leg. The lower image shows a tapered leg. Which leg do you like? and then, how can you make it becomes important. You'd want a bandsaw for the curved one, and a taper jig for your table saw for the other.

Personally, I like the curve. The tapered straight lines make it look like a saw horse, really stiff looking. The curve adds some releif and lightens it up, for my tastes. Have you been wanting a new bandsaw... here's a chance to justify one. <img src="http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/images/smilies/wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
They are actually the same leg from the same piece from an old woodworking magazine. I was just a little confused on how to get the front and side to look the same as that design. Even if I used the bandsaw method on the curved line, the outside of the leg would still be square unless I cut that side as well with the bandsaw.

I really like the curved look at well. It’s just executing it properly and not wasting 3x3 Oak blanks is that challenge. Haha.
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If you so desire, you can cut the two outside sides of the leg in the same manner.


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I would cut the mortices, then make a template to draw a reference line to make the cuts on a bandsaw, fasten offcut from first cut back on with double sided tape and draw reference line on it to make the second cut. Then finish up with a sander.

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