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Review by dbhost posted 02-05-2011 04:47 AM 2475 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since the family blowup at Harbor Freight, a lot of good tools have gone out of the catalog, in particular, the aluminum taper jig. Now I am not sure what all can be said about this thing. It’s just about as straight forward and simple as can be, and it works exactly as you would expect it to.

When they were available, they were often on sale for about $13.00, or $11.40 after the 20% off coupon…

The jig slides easily along the fence, holds tight and secure, the adjustments hold stable cut after cut after cut.

The only thing I can fault with it is the handle seems a little on the flimsy side, but then again so does the Rockler…

If you are lucky enough to come across one of these either NOS, or at a garage sale, don’t hesitate to pick it up. At least for me, I rarely cut tapers, but this jig sure does make the job a LOT easier when I do…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com




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#1 posted 02-05-2011 05:35 AM

whats the family blow up?

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 05:48 AM

Take a look at this ARTICLE.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 06:12 PM

For the money, the HF jig is as good as any, but I wouldn’t have it as my mainstay if I needed to cut a lot of tapers. For periodic use and practicing safe handling it will do fine. No one should have any fear using this jig. It is like anything in woodworking, be safe!

And it is not just the HF jig, it is any taper jig made this style.

CessnaPilotBarry is 100 percent right-on. A taper sled is the most accurate and the most safest way to cut tapers. It might cost a little more to make, but will be priceless in the long run.

Charles Neil has a video and free plans on his website for a very good taper sled.

Thanks for the review and the heads up about the family blowup.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 02:25 AM

Do you have a link for that taper sled info?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 02:51 AM

I feel safer with Charles Neil’s taper jig: http://charlesneilwoodworking.com/references/taperjig.pdf

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 05:51 PM

This thing has notheing to hpld the wood to the jig when running it thru the saw.
Very dangerous in my humble opinion.
the newer model from rockler has hold downs. not that I am a Rockler fan….

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

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 06:01 PM

abie, I belive you are talking about the taper / straight line cutting jig, which is more like Charles Neil’s jig / sled mentioned above… Probably a better way of doing this. But I have noticed no tendency for the stock to try to get away from the jig, so I wasn’t too worried about it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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