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Tapering Jig (on the cheap)

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 03-30-2009 07:56 PM 6835 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, yet another jig to make (on the cheap) with scraps. You may only need this jig once or twice, or you may have a use for it quite a bit. I have a feeling now that I needed one and have finally built one, that I’ll use it pretty often. Is it as pretty as a jig you can buy at a store or online? Not at all, but it get’s the job done.

Scrap 1/2” MDF 7” x 31”, 1” x 4 1/2” scrap of Clear Pine (1pc cut to 2”, the other just over 2 3/8”), small 1” x 5 1/2” pcs of 1/4” Luan, Misc. screws. Handle from Habitat for Humanity.

Total cost less than $10 for the hold down clamps from H.F., and the handle from HfH.

The piece I used to try this out initially was 1” x 4 1/2” x 35”. I flushed it out at the top (first to go through the saw) end at 2” wide and set the taper to go down to 1”. I wanted a very subtle taper for the first cuts. After the first cut, I flip it opposite of the way it was first cut, and made the same cut again. The result seen in the 4th pic, is a straight piece that’s 1 5/8” all the way up. (I guess that means I did it right). In the 5th pic you can see the result of the 2 taper cuts, and finally you see the sized pieces that I ended up with. I may use those for a project at some point, but really I only wanted to make sure the jig worked fine, which as you can see, it did.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric





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lew

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 08:15 PM

Great Jig! Thanks!!

But better yet is the tip about the source for hold down clamps. I just bought 2 from Woodcraft. Costs almost 3 times that amount with shipping. Harbor Freight here I come!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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oldskoolmodder

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 08:20 PM

Ya know Lew, Lots of people here don’t care for H.F. saying everything there is junk, when in reality, there are some decent things there. These clamps are very comparable to any other ones I’ve seen for far more. These really not anything to them, so why pay a truckload of money for them?

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 08:20 PM

Looks great!

I find it that the “Ultimate” Jigs take too long to design, and in the mean time – you don’t a jig to use. While on the other hand the “on the cheap side” jigs are those that you can setup in a matter of minutes from roughly $0 investment – and those are the ones that you use the most.

a Jig doesn’t need to be “expensive” it needs to help you make expensive stuff!

Thanks for the post!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ratchet

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 08:26 PM

Very nice and practical jig. Thanks for sharing.
One suggestion: you could slot the holes in the hold down base and easily use it on other jigs as well.

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oldskoolmodder

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 08:26 PM

Purp, if I may call you that… It took me longer cutting the tapers than it did to put this jig together. Of course I already had the hold down clamps on hand, but 10 minutes to make a jig that will make you money most likely is hardly any investment at all.

Ratchet, you’re absolutely right. Some that I’ve seen online have those slots, I didn’t want to spend the time doing that, but maybe if I make another one.

BTW, there’s screws holding that adjustable piece in place underneath, not just the luan on top.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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juniorjock

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 01:12 AM

Nice jig, but why didn’t you tag it as “tapering jig”?

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oldskoolmodder

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#7 posted 03-31-2009 01:25 AM

done, thanks for the reminder.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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cabinetmaster

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#8 posted 03-31-2009 01:33 AM

Great job. I am needing one and now I may get it. Thanks for the post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 03-31-2009 02:47 AM

PHEW !!! I thought the middle clamp was about to meet an untimely death in picture #2 ! Nice , inexpensive jig…I hate to tell you how much money I wasted on a tapering jig to make it look “purdy” : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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oldskoolmodder

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#10 posted 03-31-2009 02:53 AM

Ha ha ha… The second one isn’t a problem but the third one would have been, it would have actually ended up with a cut through the rubber, if I’d have latched it down. I did keep it up during the cutting of the wood so I could get an idea of how close things really were. All in all, it was worth the small effort. I may make another one out of some black walnut sapwood later this week, that’s the more conventional type taper jig, just to have a pretty one.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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degoose

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#11 posted 04-29-2009 10:50 AM

Cheap jig if you get the hold downs cheap.. not here in OZ .. dearest part of any jig.,.$25 each and more\

:larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 04-29-2009 05:34 PM

I picked up some excellent hold downs from Harbor Freight for a great price . So far they have performed flawlessly : ) They go on sale once in a while and I’m going to stock up now that I know their quality is good. They have an online catalog to check out.
HarborFreightTools.com
type Toggle Clamp in the keyword box.
Have a great day , Larry ….Len

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Chris

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#13 posted 04-29-2009 07:15 PM

Link for HF toggle clamps – http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96235
$3.99 ea.

-- Chris

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degoose

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#14 posted 04-29-2009 10:45 PM

Thanks Len and Chris but the exchange rate and postage makes them a lot dearer than that.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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degoose

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#15 posted 07-23-2009 09:41 AM

Rockler just made a jig like yours with built in clamps and built in angles.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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