Taper and Edge ripping jig

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Project by ratchet posted 05-14-2009 05:44 AM 10482 views 86 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another taper and edge straghtening jig. This one works surprisingly well. My last one (from years back) is a lot more rustic to say the least. This one is a dream to use. To use the jig, I actually walk the jig around the side of the tablesaw, holding it against the fence. The test tapered leg you see here is a short length of pine cut from a 2×4. I’m looking forward to using it on some mahogany to built a shaker table soon. Hopefully it will turn out nice enough to post here. Plans based on the ones I found on site (modified significantly). In particular its much much wider to be able to put straight edges on wavy sided boards. This also allows a greater degree of safety. I may add another handle to the front side ot the jig. Picture shows how the handle is made using a T-Nut.

All comments welcome.

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#1 posted 05-14-2009 05:53 AM

Hope you don’t mind I’m going to copy this one ! You did a really clean job .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#2 posted 05-14-2009 05:55 AM

Very nice Jig, I just finished one that’s similar but I think yours looks better


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#3 posted 05-14-2009 06:26 AM

Much nicer than the one I recently made. When I get back from vacation I’ll have to make one like this.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 05-14-2009 06:29 AM

That is nice, I’ve been wanting to make on of those for awhile now.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 05-14-2009 07:29 AM

Nice job, I really like your version:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-14-2009 07:35 AM

That’s an excellent version of a tapering jig!

Very nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-14-2009 02:24 PM

Super Job!!

I really like your hold downs!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 05-14-2009 03:20 PM

Great work. Very functional and a beauty to look at. Looks like it does a nice clean job of tapering.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 06:40 PM

being new i am still trying to figure out how some of these things are built. Where can I find something like this to study (without having to spend alot of money)?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#10 posted 05-14-2009 07:13 PM

Well done!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 05-14-2009 07:25 PM

RandyMarine; If you have any questions about how certain elements are built, let me know where and I will try to explain (and maybe add a pic or 2). There are a few elements of this jig that require a technique or 2 that are not obvious (see below). If you are kind of new to WW it might not be apparent how some of it gets done. Keep the faith.

For Example: the 4 wooden hold downs are made by glueing 2 pieces of 4 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 3/4” plywood rectangles together. Cutting out one long dado on the tablesaw in a 4 1/2” x 20” piece of 3/4” plywood before cutting and glueing each rectangle together made it easy to provide the slot necessary for the bolt to go through. Once all 4 rectangles were glued up, (2) 3/4” holes were drilled for the bandsaw blade to make the curves to cut them to shape (a coping saw could be used to do this as well). A spindle sander made sanding the curves alot easier. Dowels were added for strength.

Glad to help, as others here have helped me!

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#12 posted 05-14-2009 10:38 PM

Nice jig. You have a lot of work in it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 05-14-2009 11:20 PM

This is one of the nicest Tapering jig I have seen posted on LJ’s

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#14 posted 05-15-2009 12:30 AM

Very nice! I love seeing how different woodworkers tackle different projects. I think I’ll have to make this one.

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#15 posted 05-15-2009 03:53 AM

Ratchet, this is a really nice tapering jig. You have put a lot of effort into it. The hold downs look to be well designed and easy to adjust.

Nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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