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Project by ratchet posted 1902 days ago 7004 views 82 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another taper and edge straghtening jig. This one works surprisingly well. My last one (from years back) is a lot more rustic to say the least. This one is a dream to use. To use the jig, I actually walk the jig around the side of the tablesaw, holding it against the fence. The test tapered leg you see here is a short length of pine cut from a 2×4. I’m looking forward to using it on some mahogany to built a shaker table soon. Hopefully it will turn out nice enough to post here. Plans based on the ones I found on woodworkingtips.com site (modified significantly). In particular its much much wider to be able to put straight edges on wavy sided boards. This also allows a greater degree of safety. I may add another handle to the front side ot the jig. Picture shows how the handle is made using a T-Nut.

All comments welcome.





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Rj

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#1 posted 1902 days ago

Hope you don’t mind I’m going to copy this one ! You did a really clean job .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1902 days ago

Very nice Jig, I just finished one that’s similar but I think yours looks better

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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oldskoolmodder

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#3 posted 1902 days ago

Much nicer than the one I recently made. When I get back from vacation I’ll have to make one like this.

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

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BlankMan

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#4 posted 1902 days ago

That is nice, I’ve been wanting to make on of those for awhile now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1901 days ago

Nice job, I really like your version:-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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GaryK

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#6 posted 1901 days ago

That’s an excellent version of a tapering jig!

Very nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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lew

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#7 posted 1901 days ago

Super Job!!

I really like your hold downs!

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

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McLeanVA

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#8 posted 1901 days ago

Great work. Very functional and a beauty to look at. Looks like it does a nice clean job of tapering.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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RandyMarine

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#9 posted 1901 days ago

being new i am still trying to figure out how some of these things are built. Where can I find something like this to study (without having to spend alot of money)?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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Jason

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#10 posted 1901 days ago

Well done!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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ratchet

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#11 posted 1901 days ago

RandyMarine; If you have any questions about how certain elements are built, let me know where and I will try to explain (and maybe add a pic or 2). There are a few elements of this jig that require a technique or 2 that are not obvious (see below). If you are kind of new to WW it might not be apparent how some of it gets done. Keep the faith.

For Example: the 4 wooden hold downs are made by glueing 2 pieces of 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 3/4” plywood rectangles together. Cutting out one long dado on the tablesaw in a 4 1/2” x 20” piece of 3/4” plywood before cutting and glueing each rectangle together made it easy to provide the slot necessary for the bolt to go through. Once all 4 rectangles were glued up, (2) 3/4” holes were drilled for the bandsaw blade to make the curves to cut them to shape (a coping saw could be used to do this as well). A spindle sander made sanding the curves alot easier. Dowels were added for strength.

Glad to help, as others here have helped me!

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jack1

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#12 posted 1901 days ago

Nice jig. You have a lot of work in it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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sIKE

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#13 posted 1901 days ago

This is one of the nicest Tapering jig I have seen posted on LJ’s

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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SheriDi

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#14 posted 1901 days ago

Very nice! I love seeing how different woodworkers tackle different projects. I think I’ll have to make this one.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 1901 days ago

Ratchet, this is a really nice tapering jig. You have put a lot of effort into it. The hold downs look to be well designed and easy to adjust.

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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