Top-Notch Tapering Jig

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tapering jig

Tapers often play a big part in furniture design. At the JD Lohr School of Woodworking, we incorporate them quite a bit, particularly when creating table legs. There are dozens of ways to taper a squared leg using a variety of machines in the shop, but we prefer to use the table saw, which provides clean, consistent results when used in conjunction with the right jig. 

Commercial tapering jigs are available, but many suffer from serious shortcomings, such as the inability to secure the work to the jig during the cut. That’s partially why so many shop-made designs proliferate. We’ve developed a variety of them ourselves over the years, and finally settled on the version you see here, created by instructor Eoin O’Neill.


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