How to Make a Simple Leg-Tapering Jig
Dedicated sled is dead-simple to build and use.
Synopsis: Tapered legs add elegance and lightness to the appearance of a piece, and there’s an easy, efficient, and safe way to cut the tapers using a dedicated jig. Tom McLaughlin’s tapering jig consists of a platform, some stops, and a couple of toggle clamps. Used on the tablesaw, it helps you to easily cut consistent tapers on multiple legs. It can also be used on the bandsaw.
Tapered legs are a simple design choice that can dramatically affect the appearance of a piece. In most cases, when located at the corners of a table, legs are tapered only on their two inside surfaces. This produces a light and elegant look—not to mention the illusion that the legs are splayed, giving the table a sturdy and stable appearance. To get these results with greater efficiency, accuracy, and safety, I recommend a dedicated jig. The one I use is…