Leg Taper jig

Tapering the legs for the coffee table on page 22 presents a challenge. Because each leg is glued up as a mitered assembly, you can't use the same jig setup to taper both edges. Instead of making two separate jigs, I made one with a movable fence, as shown in the photo.

As you can see in the drawing at right, the jig is just a plywood base with a narrow fence. A small block of plywood is glued to one edge of the fence, flush with the end, to serve as a stop. This L-shaped fence will cradle the leg blank as the tapers are cut.

ATTACHING THE fENCE. The fence is secured to the base with a pair of dowel pins. The pins fit into two different sets of holes in the base of the jig, depending on which side of the leg you're tapering. The trick is to locate the dowels and drill the holes in the base so everything lines up.

To do this, I started by laying out the tapers on one of the leg blanks

- FENCE

This jig allows you to cut both tapers on each table leg without moving your rip fence.

NOTE: Glue dowel pins into holes in fence

BASE

NOTE: To locate dowel holes in base, see drawings below

- FENCE

This jig allows you to cut both tapers on each table leg without moving your rip fence.

and then placing the blank on the base of the jig so one taper lined up perfectly with the edge of the base. Then, I butted the fence up to the leg and clamped it in place. Next drill a pair of holes through the fence and partially into the base, as shown in Figure 1.

After removing the clamps, turn the leg blank around so that the second taper lines up with the edge of the jig. Then clamp the fence in place again and, using the holes in the fence as a guide, drill a second set of holes in the jig (Figure 2). Now just glue a couple of dowel pins in the holes in the fence and you're ready to go.

STOP

NOTE: Number each pair of holes to aid in positioning fence

NOTE: Glue dowel pins into holes in fence

BASE

NOTE: To locate dowel holes in base, see drawings below

NOTE: Number each pair of holes to aid in positioning fence

TOP VIEW

Position leg so taper is flush with

Reposition leg fence to drill ~~ second set of holes

FIRST:

leg blank to position fence on base

TOP VIEW

Position leg so taper is flush with

TOP VIEW

Flip leg end-for end to reposition fence

Reposition leg fence to drill ~~ second set of holes

Flip leg end-for end to reposition fence

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