Life as an Amateur Woodworker #14: Table Saw Taper Jig

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 12-17-2013 02:12 AM 2432 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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When it came to making wooden wedges, my efforts were always hit and miss, however because hopefully, in the New Year sometime, we will finally be in the position to buy our own place, and one that needs a bit of work, I thought I had better start getting prepared.

One of the things I will need, will be shims for putting in door frames, I have to be honest when it comes to finding tools or accessories you need, here in Colombia, it is very hit and miss. The reason I keep being given is,’ why sell things to make the job easier, because it will cut the hours a Tradesman spends on a job, and thus his salary’... OK, I can see the logic behind that, but it doesn’t help the rest of us.

Having watched a number of YouTube videos by those channels I subscribe to, I decided that the Table Saw Taper Jig that would be the most helpful on this occasion was by John Heisz, he has his own site at and you can see how the Jig is built Here. There is also a free Sketchup plan…Thanks John!

Again this is something that can be made from scrap wood, lying about the workshop, the only things you might have to buy are some bolts.

I started by cutting out the parts

The only parts that could take a bit of time are the two multi-position clamps, but I cheated, I had just purchased 'Big Print' a software program created by Matthias Wandel, where you can upload a photo of a part, enter a measurement, and the project is ready to print off as real size template, what a time saver…Thanks Matthias! Once these were cut out, using the compound mitre saw, I glued and clamped, the clamp support rails, after which I screwed them to ensure they weren’t going to come apart.

Believe it or not the hardest part of the whole project was trying to find fully threaded 1/4” coach bolts, half threaded no problem, so in the end I gave up and used 5/16”, it doesn’t really matter, it was just that I had done everything to plan, and then gone to buy the bolts, but by running a 5/16” drill bit through all the holes, the matter was put to bed, I have just got to find some wing nuts now ( I have got 1/4” !!)

If you forget the running about I did for the bolts, the whole project only took a couple of hours, and now I can make my shims, wedges, or anything else of a triangular shape that I need. I am very pleased with the finished Jig, and I am sure it will get plenty of use.

Yes, you will have noticed that my make-shift table saw table had been confined to the scrap bin, I was finding that I wanted to use the router far more, so it made more sense to look for a second hand table saw, I found a Craftsman cheap, and it does the job, just even less space in the micro-workshop now!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 11:32 AM

I know sites want to make money, but I do object when someone is inserting commercial links into my Blog, they are only visible when I am not signed in, which is even more annoying. This is the first time I have noticed this, my objection is that it detracts from the links I insert to give credit to those who have helped me out on a project.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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