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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 12-04-2009 09:22 AM 1451 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2009 09:22 AM

I had come up with an idea for a tapering and combined board straightening jig about a month ago and even bought the wood and clamps and other items for it. I’m looking through the new Rockler flyer that I got in email today and I see their “New” Taper/Straight Line Jig for $71.99 and that’s my idea, pretty much exactly. I was going to make mine longer, 4’ for long tapers and board straightening. And make the miter slot bar easily removable to accommodate wide boards for straightening or tapering by then using it against the fence. And I was going to have a third hold down to hold the fence to the base in the middle of the fence which then would allow for using a shorter fence to be able to cut larger angles. And also use the hold downs for the board being cut that they show and the locking clamps I already purchased for it.

Don’t know if this design is not new but I’ve never seen one before and now I see one before I could get mine built and use it and blog it. Darns!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 01:09 PM

I hate when that happens. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 02:49 PM

I’m very much looking forward to seeing your version! It seems you’ve given it serious consideration and thats key to success.
Here is a link to a taper and straight line rip jig I made a while ago.
Comments welcome.

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 03:56 PM

I too look forward to seeing others jigs and fixtures, all ideas help work the wood easier and safer. Here’s my simple one…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 05:31 PM

Nice jigs guys.

The whole Idea of building one was to incorporate the slots at the front and back of the jig so that the fence can be close to the blade or far from the blade at the front instead of using just a pivot point which is what most do, and then the same thing at the rear so the angle can be cut either leading or lagging. And the 4’ length, a lot of times the purchased jigs are just too short. I’m still going to build it mainly because of the length. I wouldn’t mind buying one so that I don’t spend the time again making something for the shop but Rockler’s is too short and too expensive for what it is in my opinion.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Kent Shepherd

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 06:28 PM

Gotta love it. I posted my Router sled here 189 days ago. About 3 months later, Rockler came out with their sled. Hummmmmm!


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#6 posted 12-04-2009 11:59 PM


it’s okay, Lee Valley already filed the patent on that concept back in ‘98.

The fact that Rockler releases these jigs in roughly the same timeframe you’re developing yours is because you’re a few months behind them on whatever scale you use to measure a “Meme,” but well ahead of the rest of us suckers who will either buy theirs or copy yours.

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 12:51 AM

Maybe Rockler’s watching us for ideas. :) Ya gotta wonder where they’re coming up with all the stuff they are all the time, they do seem to come out with a lot of “New” stuff. Some of it’s good some of it’s what I call gimmicks, not really needed until they convince us we need it. :) Better that though then stagnating or selling the same old stuff in a different color package.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 12:59 AM

u should still make yours its most likely cheaper and that just gives u a chance to improove on it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 12-05-2009 06:09 PM

Nathan, thanks for the info.
We all post here knowing our stuff could be copied. On the other hand, they put pictures in catalogs knowing we can take their ideas and make our own. I guess the patents come into play if we try to copy and market. How many really original ideas are there anyway. My jigs are generally a combination of several ideas.

Curt, Rockler has to get their ideas somewhere. Not all the geniuses work for them.


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#10 posted 12-05-2009 10:09 PM

Yeah, I was seriously thinking of trying to get a patent on this thing, to the point where I researched what that would cost. And for that reason I did not mention it to any of my woodworking buddies until after I had it built and and started the process. But, too late. Don’t know if it would have flown but was considering it. Then I was going to attempt to market it to Rockler. :) Go figure.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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