Taper Jig

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Project by jaysonic posted 07-18-2012 05:06 AM 54833 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I work for a recycle company, and so I see LOTS of lumber. Anyways, my yard, shop, shed, patio, etc.. is starting to pile up with wood, so I just built a wood rack in my shed, plans from the wood whisperer, and wanted to make the taper cut MUCH quicker. So, using a few scraps and hardware lying around, I made this. Pretty straightforward, but VERY handy. I’m thinking about putting a moveable stop block on the stock side of the jig, so I don’t even need to line the stock up every time. What do you think?

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:18 PM

brilliant! and simple too.

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 02:00 PM

Nice! A few suggestions:
1 – put a stop at the very end to hold your piece. That way you can just slide the jig against the fence and not worry about keeping your work piece in place
2 – Put a handle on the side that rides the fence. I would just get a 3/4” dowel or something like that, drill a hole and glue it in.


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#3 posted 07-18-2012 03:59 PM

These are nice but..
I find this and those mfg by others to have a flaw.. what holds your work piece against the jig?
this to me is important to obtain a straight cut and to keep your hands away from the blade.
what say you to this?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 04:27 PM

I may be mis-remembering, but I recall wanting to cut a taper on a leg which already had a mortice cut into it, and I had to reverse the nuts and bolts on my metal jig to enable me to cut on the other side of the blade but still use the rivetted workpiece stop.

Unless this is bad practice that I am unaware of, could you put slots for an adjustable stop on BOTH sides so that you could use it either way ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 05:18 PM

Joe, I really like the idea of a handle, will def. be adding that.
Don, also really like the idea of a stop on both sides.
Bruce, that’s something I had thought of but hadn’t solved yet. I didn’t like how close my hand was. A push stick would help with keeping your hand away, but wouldn’t secure it to the jig. What about a pressure clamp (do you know what I mean) on top on the jig (stock side) arching over and pushing down on the stock – that would however create more resistance when actually cutting.

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 08:33 PM

Very practical. Thanks for the idea …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 11:23 PM

A great idea and one I will be adapting to my bandsaw. Good job on this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 02:31 AM

Well done and not complicated

-- Anforte NJ

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 03:05 AM

Bruce, I did a little searching and found a really cool, quick to make, and easy to use jig that solves the hand to close to the blade issue. I’m new at computers, so I tried to include the video in this post, if not, try this link: – click on season 3 episode 3. If the link didn’t work, google “start woodworking” and click on the video banner on the top right of the screen, and find the video there. What do you guys think about this?

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