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Tapering Jig (on the cheap)

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Project by oldskoolmodder posted 1844 days ago 5964 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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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

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oldskoolmodder

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#7 posted 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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 1844 days ago

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” : (

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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oldskoolmodder

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#10 posted 1844 days ago

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 1814 days ago

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 1814 days ago

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

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Chris

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#13 posted 1814 days ago

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 1814 days ago

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 1729 days ago

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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