Taper guide with a twist

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Project by Tom Huntley posted 03-07-2011 04:32 PM 3531 views 72 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently looked at a Rockler catalog, and really liked their taper jig design. Then I got to thinking I could improve on the design a bit, by adding a second (shorter) clamp that would all me to twist the stock more for those nasty angles that scare the daylights out of me on my chop saw. I recently had to cut a bunch of small pieces, so I modified a toggle clamp to work with the rails by attaching it to an adapter plate. Not pushing Rockler per se, but they sell one that works quite well. Needless to say, the job was done in a jiffy, and all the pieces are exactly the same. Best part is, I still have 8 fingers, and 2 thumbs. (which today are both pointing straight up!). If you don’t want to use the toggle clamp, it removes easily so that conventional flat clamps can be installed.

I’ve only used this thing once, and already, I’m wondering how I lived without it.

Next jig: one that clamps in verticle and horizontal planes for cutting door runners. Stay tuned for further developments.

God Bless all woodworkers!


-- Tom Huntley - Rochester Hills, Michigan

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 04:45 PM

love it. very smart with the small piece setup.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 05:16 PM

Very nice design, I also really like the ability to set up for both small and larger pieces. It makes you jig very versatile. I might be copying this for myself soon…
Keep up the good work!

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 05:21 PM

Great job on this jig. Should last and keep them digits nice and safe!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 05:23 PM

I like this idea, thanks for posting it!

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 05:52 PM

Brilliant! I’m making one too. Thanks for sharing.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 07:03 PM

Outstanding great design.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 07:11 PM

Great idea, looks like it will work very well.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 09:03 PM

Great idea. I love shop made solutions to shop problems and this is an excellent example of that. Just goes to show that ingenuity lives on in the shops of the LumberJocks!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 03-07-2011 09:08 PM

Thanks for the idea. I’ll have to add a shorter guide for my taper jig. Great idea!

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#10 posted 03-07-2011 09:10 PM

Thanks Tom.
I favorited this one right away.
Your improvement on Rockler’s jig is great.
17 times favorited as I write this; you must have struck a cord with the fellow LJ’s.
Thanks again.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#11 posted 03-07-2011 09:28 PM

This style taper jig is on my ” to do very soon” list and I will be sure to add this feature to my design ! One can never have enough sled fixtures down in the shop,Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#12 posted 03-08-2011 07:15 AM

nice and safe to work with

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#13 posted 03-08-2011 11:12 AM

I an going to as will going to build one and soon I have a table to build a so as the lumber git hear

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#15 posted 03-17-2011 11:16 PM

Good job


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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