1. Thanks Paul, I’m following a few on ebay right now but no luck yet. Do you have a preference for a curved blade or a straight blade for heavy stock removal such as tapering a leg?

    1. I am not Paul but the main difference is the cambor on the blade and mouth opening, this is used for “hogging wood” away quickly. I do own a #40 scrub plane by Stanley and I also set up a beat up #5 jack plane which does a great job as well.


  1. Paul and crew another great video. I love how you show different techniques on how to accomplish something, in this case ( tapering ) narrowing legs. These tips / suggestions give us a choice one way may be easier than another way and also what tools you may have available. Enjoying this series very much keep up the good work.

    I have learned a great deal since I been following you from the start, thanks again for sharing your experience.


  2. I find McQueen’s great for lubing planes and saws.
    Great episode Paul! Wonderful that you show not one but three ways to taper a leg…..with hand tools. I was recently reading about tapering table legs in a book by a noted hand woodworker who offered two methods, table saw or band saw!


    1. Ugh, have done several on a table saw. I always felt like I was risking life/limb every time. Any time you feed a table saw at skewed angles it’s risky. Bandsawing–much safer.

  3. Paul thank you for teaching me so much.

    The rip saw you were using I think was a Very old Disston with a little nip on the back edge. When I researched the Disston history on line this was discussed but it appears that it’s use has not been confirmed.
    I have a collection of Disstons bought on eBay and boot fairs, I was recently given a very old saw in a very poor state with this little nip, would you be able to confirm its use please.
    Lastly could you show how you make your lubrication pad please.

    Regards John

  4. Wow. I love how these video classes progress and present us with with an increasing number of options for any given operation. It’s like Beethoven and his ability to produce multiple variations on a theme.
    To taper the leg on this table (and therefore any number of similar tapers we will meet), here we have five options: band saw; rip saw cut; stop cut and chisel; axe; plane. And I suppose also table saw if we want to spend the time setting that up.
    The key thing is that what is being taught here (and actually in every one of Paul’s videos) is more than how to do the specific task at hand.
    From a vague aspiration to do some woodworking fuelled by lessons many years ago, this site has given me the confidence to actually start really doing it.
    And the making of those turnbuttons was like a magic trick.

  5. Paul,

    First of all, a-mazing. I feel as though I just sat through a semester’s worth of material in an hour.
    Secondly, sometime ago I picked up an extra #5 Stanley with a corrugated bottom.
    Would the #5 be a good candidate for a scrub plane or is this too much of an “overkill”?

    1. Calvin, I’m certainly a long way from Paul’s level, but thought I’d share my experience. I have an extra #5 set as a scrub plane and find that it works very well.

      It seems that the #5 is by far the most common used plane available at garage sales in my neck of the woods (northern Wisconsin, USA), and are generally $10 or less. Most can be turned into good users with the normal rehab work of de-rusting and touching up the surfaces. So turning one into a scrub plane can be a fairly inexpensive way to go.

      Happy tool hunting!

  6. Great show thanks for the details on the use of a hatchet to rough down close to the line.
    Sure beats setting up the taper jig on the table saw and much easier on the ears.

  7. Great video, love the method used to make the turn buttons. As you were cutting them I was trying to think how you’d remove the waste in the middle and separate them. I was thinking is he going to chisel down or drill, but I knew you’d have an easier way to do it.

    Then you hit it with a hammer! Brilliant!

  8. I am a bit lost with the dimensions of the turn buttons. If the mortise holes are set 1/2 inch down from the top of the apron, an the mortise is 3/8″ wide, a one inch square turn button will not be flush with the top of the apron.

    Also, Paul marks two parallel lines on the sides, but he says the marking gauge is set to 1/2″. That just marks a single line down the centre of a one inch block.

    What am I missing?

  9. The block for turnbuttons is 1&1/4 inch. The one inch he talks about is the rule and how far from the end he went. There is 1/4 inch between the gauge lines and if they fit the hole with out being tight the top would be loose

  10. I now see what is happening with the turn buttons. The block is the combined height of mortise (3/8) and the half inch from the top of the rail – so 7/8″ high by 1 inch wide. With the marking gauge set at 1/2″, I get two parallel lines as per the video, and turn buttons that fit. I had wrongly assumed the block was one inch square. Duh!

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