|Project by Tom Huntley||posted 03-07-2011 04:32 PM||4045 views||73 times favorited||18 comments|
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