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    making tapered columns?

    I have a customer who would like to have tapered wooden (cedar) columns made for their porch.

    Just wrapping the 4x4 post will suffice, but the tapered ones would be a nice touch.

    Now I know there is lots of tapering jigs to make table legs.....but these columms will be larger than a table leg.

    Approx height 7"

    The existing support 4x4's needs to be wrapped with cedar with the taper starting out about 8" at the bottom and tapering thence to the top.

    I don't want to freehand cut it with a circular saw and turn the tapers to rustic tapers.

    Anybody done this?...know how to do this?...pictures of finished product?

    I know the theory sounds easy, but being it is lots larger than a table leg, how do I do it?

    As always....Thanks!
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    Steve,

    What are you going to wrap the 4x4's with.....say 8/4 material?

    Could you make a tapering sled for your thickness planer? Then, run them 1 by 1 through the planar?
    Ken
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    'Twould be a simple project for a 114" EZ setup! Right, Mark?

    Actually, for this taper you could use an 8 or 9 foor straightedge - like an off-rip from a sheet of plywood - as a saw fence. Just clamp it in place and cut your tapers. Two of the pieces will be an inch and a half (assuming " stock) wider than the others, to account for the overlapping, but other than that it'll be a relatively simple task. (The EZ would make it even easier, though... )
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    Could you get a flush trim bit long enough...put it in a router.....use a straight edge and route it?
    Ken
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    Didn't Jeff Horton put tapered sides on his porch posts? I'll try to find the pics...

    Round: Here they are from his website... Is this something like you were thinking Steve?

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    My $.02:

    I think Jim's idea of making a long sled for the table saw is the ticket. It seems to me a router wouldn't work due to the compound angle. And, at least with my circular saw, it's very hard to accurately set much of an angle.

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    steve-i don't know what equpiment you have- but starting with just a circular saw -you can do it perfect with a long straight guide- .

    alex

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    Steve,

    I hate to say this, but this sounds like the perfect excuse to buy a big ole Festool...

    With an extra long guide...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Just build two sleds for the table saw. Simple and cheap.

    It takes one for each cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Is this something like you were thinking Steve?

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    I think that is along the lines my customer wanted.

    I have a 1/4" x 2" x 8' aluminum straightedge I could use as a guide for my circular saw and a good blade.

    I have a Delta Unisaw and a huge outfeed table, ( shown here)


    that I would have more than enough room to run the stock through (4/4 cedar)....but the straightedge I have is no $$$$ and available.
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