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Old 09-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 09-08-2011, 05:10 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:22 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #5
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1/4" in 14 feet----Could you tell us what you are trying to do?
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #6
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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.

When its all said and done there is usually more said than done
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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.
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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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