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laportebj 09-08-2011 05:07 PM

Need to taper the thickness of a 2x8 - How?
I need to taper the thickness of a 2x8 that is about 14' long. I need full thickness at one end and about 1/4" less at the opposite end. Any suggestions on the best way to accomplish this? My initial thoughts were to use a band saw or table saw - I don't have either of these tools, but know people who do. Other than that, I was going to go to the lumber yard and see if they have any suggestions.

Thanks in advance for any advice


Bud Cline 09-08-2011 05:10 PM


Either a hand plane (block plane) or a power plane.:)

Daniel Holzman 09-08-2011 05:58 PM

I would use a router. Set up a fence at the appropriate angle, use a straight bit of appropriate depth, make several passes, you are good to go. A piece that long cannot be worked effectively using a taper jig in a tablesaw.

kwikfishron 09-08-2011 06:22 PM

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My question is why would you need to do that?

I’ve never in construction ever came across a situation were doing something like that would be the best solution.

Not quite fallowing you on the router thing Daniel.

oh'mike 09-08-2011 06:27 PM

1/4" in 14 feet----Could you tell us what you are trying to do?

Jackofall1 09-08-2011 07:32 PM

So you want to trim a 14' 2x8 by a 1/4", from 1-1/2" to 1-1/4" or .017" per foot of board?

I don't know of any saw that would be capable of doing that task there is more deviation on a 2x8 than you are proposing to remove.


sixeightten 09-08-2011 07:38 PM

Just go to the lumberyard and search through the pile. We often find some that have one end planed down. Never had an opportunity where it was beneficial though.

Ron6519 09-09-2011 06:59 AM

This is an odd request and not something a DIYer does or can do expeditiously.
If you tell us the reason, we might be able to suggest an alternative solution more readily done.

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