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Tapering the legs for the coffee table on page 22 is pretty straightforward — all you need is a simple taper jig like the one shown in the box below. The jig acts like a sled, holding the leg blank at a fixed angle as you run it through the table saw.

TAPER JIG. There are only two parts to the taper jig — a plywood base and an L-shaped stop that supports the workpiece at an angle. The base rides against the rip fence of your table saw. And the stop holds the workpiece in place.

To position the stop on the base at the correct angle, 1 used one of the leg blanks as a guide. Just lay out the taper on the end and side of the blank. Then set the blank on the base of the jig so the layout marks line up with the edge of the base, as shown in the box below Now, screw the stop in place to the base of the jig.

Cutting the tapers is just a matter of using the jig to guide the leg blank through the saw (see drawing above). But because only the inside faces of the leg are tapered, you have to pay close attention to the sequence and orientation of the leg blank when you cut the tapers (see details 'a' and 'b').

Safety Note: Use double-sided carpet tape to securely fasten the leg blank to the taper jig.

How-To: Taper Cutting jig

Lay Out Taper. Lay out the taper on one of the leg blanks. This will help you position the stop on the base of the jig.

Attach Stop. To attach the stop, line up the layout marks on the leg blank with the edge of the base and screw the stop in place

Taper Jig. This simple taper jig is designed to hold the leg blank at an angle while you cut the tapers on the table saw

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