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  1. #961
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    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    Moving on with my Pakistani chest of drawers project while I await delivery of brass screws: making the legs. This required building a custom jig - cutting tapers on the table saw is not straight forward.
    I also made another one-off tapering jig to cut some angles for the ceiling fan mount. It made me think again that I need to make a more permanent jig and my Amazon list now has candidate parts in it.

    Did you taper all four faces of those legs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I also made another one-off tapering jig to cut some angles for the ceiling fan mount. It made me think again that I need to make a more permanent jig and my Amazon list now has candidate parts in it.

    Did you taper all four faces of those legs?
    Yes, all four.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    And we have an operational ceiling fan...

    ...just in time for next summer.
    Looking good!

    Quote Originally Posted by geonuc View Post
    … Worked fine.
    As you once told me, "Whatever gets the job done."

    A few years ago I made a half round table where the four legs each had one long taper cut, and I'm wracking my brain to remember what the jig looked like. I did it on the table saw too, but I took no pictures of it. I don't think it was as solid as yours, and was probably dangerous... I was a newbie to the table saw .

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    The brass screws for my chest of drawer project came in, so I'm installing the brass strips. I have to be careful to not tighten them too much. Brass breaks easily. My procedure was to drill holes in the brass slightly bigger than the #6 screws, drill a countersink to allow the oval head screws to sit in nicely and then use my one centering drill bit to punch a hole in the mahogany to accept the screw. That works OK although I feel the drill bit is one size too large. The screw took little effort to drive in, which is OK as the brass piece is decorative and doesn't require much holding power. But I wanted a little more bite. So, for the next one, I made sure the drill only penetrated about an eighth inch into the wood, enough to center the screw. That didn't work at all. The mahogany is tough wood and I had to use too much force to drive the screw. And the screw really resisted gaining a bite in the wood to begin with. So for the next one, I did the centering drill an eighth inch as before but then switched to a smaller bit to complete the hole. That works about right. The only problem is that I have to be really careful to drive the small bit precisely in the center of the shallow hole or the screw will tend to shift the brass plate slightly. It's tedious. I should just wait and go buy a smaller centering bit.

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    I like that those are slotted screws instead of Philips. I hate them in general, but they are much more period appropriate for your project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I like that those are slotted screws instead of Philips. I hate them in general, but they are much more period appropriate for your project.
    Yes. I found some of the correct size at the local hardware store but they were philips. Definitely needed slotted, so I had to order them.

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