For the trio of tables I'm working on there have been many design and construction problems that needed solving. Angles, joinery, bevels, etc. all compound the complexity. I've just completed the legs. I knew I wanted a lightness to them so a taper and a beveled face seemed appropriate. The first step was to bevel the face of each leg. This was easily done on the tablesaw however; the tenon limited being able to work to the center of each leg. This was solved by using a hand plane.
After beveling, each side of the leg needed to be tapered. Using the tapering sled for this was not possible because of the one face being beveled, it wouldn't lay flat on the tapering sled so I needed to come up with a solution for that. After a bit of head scratching here's how this was accomplished.
|Taper Jig & Leg|
In the photo on the left you can see a jig I made for the leg to ride in. The side of the jig of the jig is guided against the fence on the bandsaw and they're pushed through as a unit. You can see the wedge that was removed in this operation.
|Wedge Taped On|
|Jig & Leg Reversed|
To cut the other side the wedge that was removed is temporarily taped back to the leg. Then, by reversing the jig and the leg as a unit but keeping the fence in the same position I was able to cut the other side of the taper.
All that remained is to refine the cut edges and the beveled face. After honing my smooth plane I completed that step. There's just something relaxing and rewarding about hand planing a surface. Trying to capture that on film is pretty difficult but I tried it anyway: