Taper Jig

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Project by Roger posted 05-15-2013 12:19 AM 4670 views 32 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While building the 3-in-1 crib/bed for my newest Grandson, instead of using the bandsaw to cut the tapers, I opted to build a taper jig. After doing many searches here on LJ’s, and out there in cyberspace, I came to the conclusion to build this one (with a few of my own additions), from August 2012 Woodsmith magazine.
I didn’t use t-tracks, cuz I made my own, or jig knobs, cuz I made my own, except 1, or hold-downs, yep, cuz I made my own. The jig is made from 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood, 1/4” hardboard, Walnut, and Oak, and the hold-downs are Maple. Most of this was woods/scraps layin round the shop. Thnx fer the looks, and/or good/bad/ugly comments. This is a very nice universal type jig that I know I will use again and again. The last pic are the 3-pairs of legs for the crib/todler/full size bed that I hope to have done before my Grndson turns 18.. :)
Here’s a short video:
Be aware I’m a video rookie

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 12:22 AM

Nice work a very useful jig.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 12:28 AM

Nice job and I am sure you will get a lot of use outta this.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 12:37 AM

COOL jig


COOL Project…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 12:39 AM

This is the safe way to do tapers. Those angled ones that slide along the fence are scary to me. I have one very similar to yours that doubles as a “board straightener”. All of the components on mine are shop made (that’s the fun part).

Great jig Roger.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 12:41 AM

Nice work Roger

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 12:49 AM

Way to go Roger. I can see lots of thought that went into the jig. It should last you forever. Nice looking lumber for the project also.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 12:51 AM

Nice jig, I really like your hold downs. Those are some beefy legs ya got there Roger. Cant wait to see the finished crib. It will look good in his college dorm.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 12:54 AM

Good design Roger. Jigs sure make some jobs so much easier. Looking forward to seeing the finished crib…

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 12:57 AM

Hey! I like this!

Nice jig Roger.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 01:26 AM

Great looking jig, Roger. Nicely done and looking forward to seeing your finished crib project. Best wishes.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 02:03 AM

very industrious there buddy. and some really nice looking wood for a jig. I’ll be needing one soon. Thanks for sharing the design and links.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#12 posted 05-15-2013 02:29 AM

Great job on the jig. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#13 posted 05-15-2013 02:30 AM

Very nice taper jig, Roger. That makes such safe, easy and accurate work of taper cuts!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-15-2013 02:36 AM

Nice job Roger.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#15 posted 05-15-2013 02:37 AM

Hey nice job buddy you were faced with either buying a angle jig or making your own and you made your own well thanks for sharing Roger i always look forward tur next post and those grandkids of yours are going to be enjoy there new bed that grandpa built for them

-- Joe, Florida

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