Tapers on the Miter Saw
The short tapers on the bottom of legs are awkward to cut with a tapering jig on the tablesaw, which is designed for longer, 2° or 3° tapers. I solved the problem by making a jig to cut them on my miter saw. The miter adjustment on the saw made it easy to get the correct angle for the tapers. Made from 3/4-in.-thick plywood, the taper jig is essentially a right-angle brace with holes cut on both sides for clamps. To use it, clamp the taper jig to the miter-saw fence and the workpiece to the other side. Set the saw to the correct angle, then cut the taper.
In use, be careful to place the clamps clear of the sawblade. By the way, this little jig can help keep cases square as you assemble them, too.
Rob Cairns, Nevada City, CA