I began work on the lamp by making the tapered post. Instead of using solid stock and drilling a hole the length of the post for the electrical cord, it's easier to glue up four pieces, see Fig. 1. This way you can build in a channel for the electrical cord.
cut post pieces. Start by cutting two post sides (A) from W-thick stock to a finished width of 2" and rough length of 10", see Fig. 1. Then, cut two post spacers (B) from V^'-thick stock to the same length as the sides but only W-wide. These spacers are sandwiched between the sides (A) to provide the channel for the cord. This also will create a post that starts out as a perfect square, see Fig. la.
glue-lip post. The trick in gluing up the post is assembling all the pieces so the edges are flush. This forms the square channel for the cord in the center.
To do this, I inserted a short length of W dowel in each end as a temporary spacer. Then I glued and clamped the sides and spacers together as a unit, see Fig. la. After the glue dries, cut the post to a finished length of 9 W.
taper jig. The next step is to cut a taper on all four sides of the post. To do this. I made a simple jig to hold one end of the lamp post away from the rip fence as it's fed through the blade, refer to Fig. 3.
The jig is just a 2" x 2" block (the same size as the end of the lamp post), see Fig. 2. The trick is to mount a V2" dowel off center on the block to create an angle to taper the posL
cut taper. To use the jig, first insert the dowel in the top end of the lamp post, see Fig. 3. Now position the rip fence so the bottom end of the post fits tight between the saw blade and the fence, see Fig. 3a.
Then place the post against the rip fence, see Fig. 3. (Note: If your table saw has a short fence, youll need to clamp or screw an auxiliary fence to the rip fence first so the post is supported through the entire cut) Once the saw is set up. cut the first taper. (For safety, I used a push block, see Fig. 3.)
Since this jig works off the dowel in the end of the post, all you have to do is rotate the post between cuts. So after making the first cut. rotate the post 90° and make another cut. (Note: Do not rotate the jig between cuts. Always keep theedge of the jig that's farthest away from the dowel against the rip fence.)
DADOES FOR INLAY. Once a taper is cut on all four sides of the post, cut shallow dadoes for inlay strips near the bottom. I did this on the table saw with a V4" dado blade, see Fig. 4a. Use the rip fence as a stop by setting it W away from the saw blade. Then angle the miter gauge to match the angle of the tapered post, and push the post over the blade, see Fig. 4.
Shop Note: Since this is not a through cut. it's okay to use the rip fence as a stop.
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