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Which blade to taper legs?

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Hi All

Which blade do you put in your table saw to taper a leg for a table?

My wood is poplar.

One side of my brain says to use the cabinetry blade, 80 tooth.

The other side of my brain says it is still basically a rip cut, use the 24 tooth rip blade.

Which one do you guys use?
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I use a Amana Euro rip on most everything..
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Unless there larger than my jig and blade can handle , I don't use the jointer for anything more than taper cleanup.
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Looks nice.. For that small of a taper, I would have used the sliding miter saw at work..

We did 6”and 8” tapered legs for seats by the 100’s on a month..
I would not use a 60 tooth blade. $500?

There are obviously several ways to make tapered legs. Depending on equipment and abilities..
It doesn’t matter if you use the best blade, it still needs to be cleaned up. Hand plane or sander…
It just needs to be a rip blade and not a plywood blade.

These legs I could have used the slider
Wow, that looks nice but it would take longer to build the jig than the cabinets I want it for LOL

If I thought I'd taper more than a dozen legs a year then maybe but some of us are only weekend warriors.

This is a great project for someone young who needs content to run a youtube channel or someone old and retired that has nothing to do all day. I'm still stuck in the middle - I work all week and only get Sat and Sun in the woodshop. I want to build cabinets and doors and face frames and stuff not fancy jigs.

Looks nice though.
Jigs have three purposes, #1.. to make the task easier and #2… To save time. And #3… to make it safer..

If you made the jigs to start, you would have all three of these features..

Sounds like your impatient..This is one of the number 1 skill for high end furniture…

I worked in a cabinet shop all day, 5 days a week and came home and built cabinets at night in my shop for customers.
Fancy to me is a jig that works and is repetitive, but I have made plenty of one time jigs for specific jobs that won’t repeat…

I personally don’t like to spend a lot of times on shop projects, but sometimes it’s needed..
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