• Hepplewhite Stand #7: Tapering the Legs

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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 01-21-2017 12:33 AM 1316 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons Part 7 of • Hepplewhite Stand series Part 8: Completed Legs and Drawbore Pins »

With the tenons cut and fitted to their respective mortises, it’s time to taper the legs.

I want the legs to taper down from 1-1/2” to 1-1/8” starting about 5” from the top. I marked an 1-1/8” square at the bottom of each leg.

By the time I marked all the legs it started to turn dark … a storm was blowing in …

... and the shop quickly became as black as the inside of a cat! ... better call it a night!

After a good night’s rain, I finished defining the 1-1/8” square at the bottom of each leg and then clamping on a straight edge I created a knife wall for each of the the tapers …

... starting from 1-1/2” at a point 5” from the top …

.. to 1-1/8” at the bottom.

Once I had all the tapers marked I decided to give my drawknife a quick look see.

Using a shop-made sharpening jig …

... it took but a few passes of the stone …

... and few licks with the strop …

... to refresh the edge!

Then after dusting off the old shavehorse it was … a paring we shall go!

Next up … the completed legs and draw-bore pins. Thanks for looking … more to come!

Hepplewhite Stand #1: What's Wrong With This Picture
Hepplewhite Stand #2: First Things First
Hepplewhite Stand #3: Lay-Out & Rough-Cut
Hepplewhite Stand #4: A Proper Edge
Hepplewhite Stand #5: Mortises - Finally!
Hepplewhite Stand #6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons
Hepplewhite Stand #7: Tapering the legs
Hepplewhite Stand #8: Completed Legs and Drawbore Pins
Hepplewhite Stand #9: The Drawer
Hepplewhite Stand #10: Final Assembly

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