Tapering / straighening jig #1: The plan

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Blog entry by mIps posted 07-01-2013 01:06 AM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I am planning a project that is going to need some odd-shaped pieces (not square or rectangular) and so, a tapering jig needs to be made.

My plan is to use a piece of laminate flooring leftover from when we re-did our kitchen as the base. It’s roughly equivalent to 1/2” MDF so should do okay. I plan on cutting 5/8” wide grooves in the top at 6” and 14” from either end, then gluing a piece of 1/4” plywood over the top and then cutting 1/4” slots for t-bolts.

I am sill trying to locate a suitable piece of hardwood for the edge that would go against the table saw fence.

Opinions on the pros and cons of having a runner to go into the miter slot would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 03:25 AM

Mine is constructed similar to the one you are considering. I have a runner on mine as it seemed safer to me. The only downside to the runner is it limits the width of stock you can straight edge if it is longer than your jig. Mine is 12” wide x 40” long.

I tack a strip of scrap on the ‘near’ end when using it to taper so each part can be referenced to the same point.

Hope this helps.

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