Taper jig

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Project by Greg D posted 03-11-2014 04:24 AM 3079 views 51 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you haven’t made a tapering / straightening jig it is a must! This is mine based on a rockler free plan I found. It’s 4 ft long 12” wide with kreg t-slots.

I opted to make my own star knobs & hold Downs. The knobs I made from a dense oak pallet. Hold Downs are frommaple

I made this mainly to straighten rough lumber. I still need to finish the holder for the tapering part.

Thanks for looking!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 04:45 AM

Nice one. I need one like this for my shop -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 04:46 AM


I like the hold downs.
I did a couple with aluminum but I like wood better; they don’t dent the piece being held down.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Greg D

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 04:56 AM

Thanks gentleman!

Abbas the wooden hold Downs perform better than I anticipated!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 05:10 AM

Awesome, this was my next jig, now I have a vision. Excellent!!!

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 10:50 AM

Nice job!
Looks like it will serve you well….
& keep you safe!!!

This is on my very looooong “short list” of shop projects.
Thanks for the motivation!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 11:13 AM

Looks great. :-)
I have a short version for angled box sides, but will be building a longer version for tapered legs and cleaning up rough edges.

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

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 12:47 PM

Very nice—I like the functionality of this design. Thanks for posting.

In fact, I like this version so much I located the Rockler/Woodsmith plans and thought I’d share:

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

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 01:23 PM

Nice build. The link that John posted is the same plan I used when I built mine. It works very well. Ya gotta luv Woodsmith.

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

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 01:29 PM

Nice looking jig Greg. That should help you keep your digits in good working condition. I tried out an old Hinged jig I procured several decades ago. Holding the legs down on the table and against the jig against the fence on a test piece just scared the heck outa me, so I built one with hold downs as well. I feel much better and still have all ten digits intact. Happy tapering to you.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 01:41 PM

Great and useful tool, I made one also. I have found many uses for l have found many uses for it.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Greg D

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 01:44 PM

Thank you all LumberJocks!

And John C thanks for posting that link!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 01:57 PM

very cool, I need to make one of these, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#13 posted 03-11-2014 04:37 PM

Greg – great build and thank you for posting this – I have it marked as a favorite and need to make one soon!

John C – thanks for the link…


-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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Chris McDowell

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#14 posted 03-11-2014 04:37 PM

Sweet homemade knobs and hold-downs.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#15 posted 03-11-2014 04:49 PM

Thats awesome!

-- WoodMechanics

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