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Friday, April 23, 2010

Tapered legs - the old fashioned way

For the tapered legs on the shaker table, I decided to use a combination of a spokeshave and various hand planes to do the job.  I usually do a little bit of hand planing on machine-cut tapers, so in all this process didn't take dramatically longer than using a jig in a table saw.  And this is sure a whole lot more pleasant and less dangerous.


3 comments:

Shannon said...

Great post Rob. A tip to help you go through that faster (if that interests you) is to take off the corners with the spokeshave down close to your line and then shave the hump in the center. With a narrow but you can remove 1/8 or thicker shavings much like a drawknife. If you stay away from your lines you don't have to worry about keeping the taper square until you switch to the jointer plane. You method probably gives you much more control throughout, but I'm just crazy sometimes and like to remove wood fast.

Guy said...

Another great video Bois, I think I like the spoke shave better then using the jig saw which was the method I had to take. Keep up the great blogs...

Guy

Rob Bois said...

Shannon, I actually did also try the method you described, but I had a lot more trouble controlling the depth and evenness of the cut. In fact that's why I reduced the shavings I was taking because I was paranoid about cutting too deep, or going past my line. For speed though, to Guy's point, I will be using a band saw followed by jointer and smoother on my next project.