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Round Tapered Legs made a different way

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The tapering jig I showed the other day was to prep some legs that I needed to "turn" with a round taper. I'm a lousy turner, and I knew I would never be able to make perfectly straight tapers, and any deviation would stick out like a sore thumb. So I decided to use my CNC to do it. The limited Z axis capacity of my CNC called for machining in a way that didn't give the smoothest finish, but after sanding they look perfect.

I drilled 3/8" holes in the center of both ends of the legs. I glued a 3/8" dowel in the foot and threaded a piece of 3/8" all thread in the top. Those "arbors" are held in a simple jig I made that's mounted parallel with the X-axis of the CNC. The CNC and me running a hand drill did the rest.


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Soft Close Drawer Slides

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Any recommendation on lower cost alternative to Blum? I have only used Blum in the past and have been happy with them, but looking for same/similar functionality at a lower price point and similar quality. Any recommendation would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Design question/opinion re entertainment center

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Joe 1086's thread about making a wall/shelves/TV space for his daughter prompted a thought I've had for some time. I was recently in a Best Buy and 85" TVs seem pretty common and reasonably affordable these days. I build an entertainment center in the late '90s for a 32" CRT tv. Yeah, sucker weighed close to 200 lbs. or more as I recall. Currently it houses a 46" Sony which is quite modest by today's standards. The TV sits on top of a 50 inch base with drawers and shelves with towers in either side. The towers are about 6" deeper than the base. Problem with this design is if I wanted to go with a TV larger than about 50", I couldn't. I could move the base out so it's in front of the towers that contain books and audio video devices. A larger TV would obstruct both towers. Anybody have a thought beyond redesigning/rebuilding at least the center portion?

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The Simplest Tapering Jig

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I'm sure I've shown this before, but I had to cut tapers on some legs today, so I decided to take some photos and show you the simple jig I use. I make these jigs for the task at hand. I don't store them. They take 5 minutes to make from whatever scrap I have. The jig I made today was to cut tapers on 28" long legs, prior to turning. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood with a rear stop and a shim that's as wide as the taper you need to cut. These legs taper from 2.4" wide to 1.1", so the shim is 0.65" wide.



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