Adjustable Taper/Ripping Jig

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Project by steliart posted 06-18-2013 06:51 PM 4618 views 15 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Adjustable Taper/Ripping Jig

I wanted to make a ripping jig and I researched and saved many ideas. The best I found that suited my needs was the adjustable taper/ripping jig from Woodsmith Shop.

This jig can be used both on the Table saw and your Router Table. It’s an adjustable jig so you can cut tapers, make odd angled cuts, and straight line ripping. The jig can be also used as a long hold down sliding platform on your router table.

I’ve chosen to make mine on 3/4 marine plywood and cut my own t-tracks instead of following the plans suggestions. The jig’s guide rail is also marine plywood joint and glued with biscuits and for the adjustment bar I used red heartwood.
Also I didn’t make any hold downs, instead I used some aluminum hold-downs and wing-nuts instead of normal nuts to easily adjust the bars height.

Here is the plans LINK to follow for step by step instructions on how to build this.

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

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 08:11 PM

Ahh yes. That’s a good one

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

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 10:06 PM

I never thought about using a tapering jig at the router table: this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I should come up with a similar one soon!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 02:35 AM

Very nice. I’m not able to make out the 5th photo – what is that showing?

-- Harold

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 08:47 AM

Just the jig hunging to a wall

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

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#5 posted 06-19-2013 05:08 PM

I made a similar one, from the same plans. I used 3/4” plywood with 1/4” hardboard top. The rail is UHMW. I did not put a stop on the end. I used carriage bolts instead of T-bolts. Hold downs are just some scraps of wood. Works great! I use it to straighten one edge of boards.

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 03:06 AM

Nice jig. I need to make one those.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 06-24-2013 05:56 AM

This jig will do the trick for sure. I really like the adjustable registration point, that’s a brilliant addition to any jig!! I’m going to add one to my taper jig some how.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#8 posted 09-21-2015 09:50 PM

Hi Steliart,
That’s a great looking jig!
I have this on my short list of projects to build. I’m wondering how the t-tracks you cut are holding up? Did you end up upgrading to machined t-tracks or are the ones you cut still holding up?

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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