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    Three taper leg

    Has anyone done a side table with legs having three tapers...just the two sides and back of the leg tapered with the outer face “flat” to the front? Wondering how this would look on a table I’m working on.

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    What does your table look like?

    I expect that in at least some cases, the taper on the back face could make the table look like the legs splay out like buck teeth.

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    I’m attempting a Federalish end table...basic 18x15 x 23H. No drawers on this one. Federal style tends to be round or four sided tapered, but I was thinking of keeping a little more beefy look to the legs...thus just tapering three sides. I’ll probably end up doing a slight four side taper, but just wanted to see if anyone had done the three sided.

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    Phil, I've done plenty with the outer 2 faces straight and the inside ones tapered. Three tapers could be okay. I suggest machining your 3 tapers and then dry assembling to have a look. If it's good, no worries. If it's not, just machine the last taper. Cheers

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    Pencil and paper or SketchUp for a "what if" drawing. Taper jig with a center pin at the foot for the cuts.
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    Thanks all. Knowing I’m going to do three or four, Wayne, your suggestion seems to be the best way to go.

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    I’m sitting here looking at an end table near to the size you’re planning with legs like you describe. I think it looks fine with no apparent splay to the legs. I’ll try to take a pic.
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    The above table is 18x28x24 tall
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    Steve, thanks for posting! It looks good to me. No loss in doing three, having the boss decide, and make it four if necessary, but I do like that look.

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    Lee, thanks for rotating your the photo.
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    Well, brain freeze, not the LOML decided on 4 tapers. Ran the wrong side (front) through the saw on the last leg. Couldn’t adjust because mortises were already chopped. Even chance I would have ended up here anyway, but man, can my brain go dead sometimes.

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    Yes, I have. I think it would look good on your table!

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