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Offline Roseland

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A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« on: September 29, 2019, 06:16 AM »
Whilst my MFT is very useful, I haven't found a way to cut tapered table legs easily on it.  So for my other workbench I made a simple jig.  It is essentially just an L-shaped bracket, 7 inches x 7 inches by 4 feet long, that attaches to the vertical side of the bench with screw-in inserts and clamping handles:
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I put a sacrificial board under the leg, clamp a batten as a stop, and then adjust the height of the jig to match the top of the leg to be cut::
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I then clamp the rail, and make the first cut:
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Finally I use the offcut to wedge the leg for the second cut:
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And then the leg is finished!
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It's also useful for cutting thin stock, like hardwood lipping.

Andrew
« Last Edit: September 29, 2019, 08:30 AM by Roseland »
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Offline Roachmill

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 08:15 AM »
I was just pondering how to make some short tapered legs without a tablesaw... and here you are with an answer. Spooky!

So have a big thanks, and, as I have no shame, I'll be pinching your idea forthwith.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 10:32 AM »
Wow Andrew! I’ve been reading FOG since it was a Yahoo user group and this is the first time I’ve seen a height adjustable guide rail support.

Great idea! Can you post a photo of how the L platform is clamped to the table frame?

Offline Roseland

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 11:03 AM »
I just screwed two 6mm (1/4 inch) threaded inserts into the side of my bench, which is 2 inches thick:

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The threaded section on the handles was only 1 inch long, and the ply was 3/4 inch.  I wanted more than 1/4 inch engagement, so I made a groove for the handle to run in.  I'm going to get some penny washers, but for now I just had standard washers:

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I hope this explains it adequately.

The L section is just Dominoed and Titebonded together.

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline Alex

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 11:31 AM »
I hope this explains it adequately.

So how do you get the taper?

Offline BarneyD

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2019, 11:34 AM »
This is brilliant, Andrew.  I love the simplicity of it. Thanks so much for posting.
Barney

Offline Roseland

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2019, 11:34 AM »
I just put the rail on at an angle to the bracket.

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline RightAngleDesign

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2019, 10:19 AM »
Bravo!
Kapex, Domino, multiple sanders, 1400, LR32, TS55

Offline jarbroen

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2019, 12:09 PM »
Thanks for sharing your idea!
I have some furniture builds coming up and that post is inspiration for me to try tapered instead of square legs.

With the profile on the side of the MFT we could use that same type of rail support you made and clamp it to the side of the table.
Looks like a great solution for narrow and/or thick stock.

Offline Roseland

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2019, 03:28 PM »
My original plan was to make it fit my MFT, but I also wanted to be able to cut longer strips for lipping ply, so I made it 4 feet long (and so too wide for the MFT).

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline Svar

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2019, 04:15 PM »
Why can't you do the same operation with the standard MFT rail setup? It can be tilted front to back. There are 4 legs to make, so you can use identical piece as a spacer under t-track edge of the rail.
« Last Edit: October 03, 2019, 04:22 PM by Svar »

Offline Roseland

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2019, 01:18 AM »
That works if you have another piece of wood, exactly the same thickness, to support the side of the rail away from the cut, to stop the rail twisting.

But otherwise if you are cutting slender legs, or cutting thin strips for lipping, you rely on the torsional stiffness of the rail between the front and rear brackets.

This method supports the full width of the rail, either on the jig or on the wood being cut, so you get a truly square cut. 

It also enable one to cut longer lengths than will go front to back on an MFT.  I originally designed it for cutting hardwood strips for lipping ply, and those are typically three feet long or more.  This jig is four feet long, but it could be any length.

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline jarbroen

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2019, 11:03 AM »
I'm with ya, Roseland. 
The MFT rail setup works fine for sheet goods, but has a lot of limitations for lumber(and length).

Offline serge0n

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Re: A simple jig for cutting tapered legs with a TS55
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2019, 12:28 PM »
This is brilliant!

I just started working on a small table and was thinking about edge jointing a few relatively narrow pieces without firing up my jointer. I'm definitely building a copy of this, thank you for sharing!