A new dining room set for my wife! #17: Tapering the back legs.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-10-2011 12:43 PM 5404 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Front legs are finally done! Now on the the back ones, again! Part 17 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 18: Made some rails »

Time to add the taper to the back legs, but first I wanted to see how the chair would feel to sit in:

Exactly what I was hoping for. You just seem to melt right into it. Even without the back upholstered it felt great.

Now to the tapering operation. As it is right now the back of the chair is square. I want to add a little lightness to is so from the lower back rail to the top I am going to add a 1/2” taper on each side for a 1” total.

So the first thing I did was to draw a line for the taper. Then I double checked and checked it again. I don’t want to have to make them again.

Then at the bandsaw I just roughed them out.

I was thinking about just running them through the tablesaw, but I would have to tilt them in the middle of the cut to cut everything. I decided against it after a couple of times pretending like I was cutting it. I could have just used a hand plane, but that looked like a lot of work, so I decided to use the planer. I just used a sled that I already made and added to it what I needed to do the job.

It took some head scratching to figure it out, but I turned out to be real simple. I took a 1/2” dowel and set the pieces on it at the point I wanted my taper to start. then I added a 1” spacer under the top giving me my 1/2” taper. Then it was just a matter of adding something underneath it for support. Then I screwed everything in place.

Here is my first pair out of the planer:

And finally all of them complete:

Next it’s time to take that material I was gluing up in the last part to make some rails.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 01:07 PM

i had to laugh at the picture
of the ‘sitting model’
i kept doing that too
to try out various ideas
and feels
the only model i had at that time
was a folding metal chair
someone had given me
when i moved into my empty first rooms
(not good to design furniture from)

all your solutions are really helpful
learning this the hard way
can eat wood and time
i didn’t have a camera then
and didn’t know how to do a tutorial anyway
you were the one that helped me post a picture

thank you gary
your help is always timely and invaluable

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 02:09 PM

Gosh this is fun to watch.
I love the way you think.

Thanks for the journey.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 02:30 PM

Well done Gary.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 02:34 PM

Gary: A great way to deo your tapering. Cool ideas you come up with.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 02:48 PM

Hi Gary,
Just to let you know how much I am enjoying your very energetic project. The posts are super, and the detail, excellent. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 05:31 PM

Nice solution Gary. Looking great.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 06:17 PM

I thought the way you tested the “fit” was COOL too… killing two birds with one stone…
Clamping ALL of your back-legs & other base parts together to form the back & base, prove uniformity, and of course, the FIT! COOL TIP!

Thank you for your Poetry in action! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 11:26 PM

Nice way to taper those legs, and a lot safer than the table saw!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 05-11-2011 01:02 AM

It’s a real joy watching the progress on this project. I feel like I am right there in your shop.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 05-11-2011 03:01 AM

This is impressive and inspiring. You really got inmense talent. I wish I can one day be as confident around the shop and woodworking as you are.


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#11 posted 05-11-2011 10:38 AM

Great work, interesting thought process….Doing well as always.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-11-2011 10:50 AM

Nice work!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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