|Project by MichaelT77||posted 02-04-2014 12:11 AM||2113 views||18 times favorited||10 comments|
I bought a tapering jig a couple years ago. I soon found it unsatisfactory, though, because it seemed flimsy. If there’s one thing I can’t abide, it’s flimsy. Anyway, I built this one a few weeks ago. It’s 1/2” MDF glued and screwed to 3/4” birch plywood. Length and width are fairly arbitrary. T-track with hold-down brackets. The runner is as shown. Of course, the T-track was added after the sled was run past the blade. The clamps do an adequate job of holding down the stock.
Although I’ve used it to taper legs, I’ve used it more often just to give a straight edge to a piece of rough-cut lumber (which then can butt up against the table saw fence). Having the edge of a board ride smoothly along the table saw fence helps avoid kickbacks.
-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA