Tapering / straighening jig

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Blog series by mIps updated 07-14-2013 08:08 PM 4 parts 4100 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: The plan

07-01-2013 01:06 AM by mIps | 1 comment »

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...

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Part 2: Getting started

07-03-2013 02:44 AM by mIps | 0 comments »

Somewhere along the line I’ve misplaced my camera so, until I find it, no pictures are available. So, using laminate flooring as the base has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include known and pretty much guaranteed flat. Disadvantages include the built-in tongues and grooves on all 4 sides and the bottom is VERY slippery. First thing I did was to trim off all the tongues and grooves so that the saw blade just nicked the main surface. Second was to cut grooves...

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Part 3: small bits and a side-track

07-12-2013 04:33 AM by mIps | 0 comments »

Today I was able to work a bit more on my tapering / straitening jig and did some other stuff as well. In our back yard, my lovely wife has some beds she uses to grow veggies. Well, she needed a couple more so the first part of my morning was spent putting those together. Nothing special, just pressure treated 2×6 screwed together with rocks and dirt tossed in. Fairly quick work.The second part of the morning was spent replacing the light that is in our laundry space. We’ve had ...

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Part 4: She ain't pretty

07-14-2013 08:08 PM by mIps | 3 comments »

But she’s done. Was able to finish up the jig today by making the hold-downs and a couple of knobs. Also added in the pin on the handle and cut the reference edge. The hold downs and knobs I cut with my jig-saw table. They’re ugly, but I think they’ll work. Maybe someday in the future I’ll make some that look better. Looking forward to using this on my next project, adding a lumber rack to my garage-shop. Keep working and be safe.

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