Tapering Jig

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Project by Ty Moser posted 05-27-2016 09:26 PM 2514 views 15 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For how many projects I’ve done over the years, it’s stupid that I’m just getting around to making a tapering jig. I would always try to get around not having the jig with “creative” clamping methods but I’ve determined that every time I’ve actually been injured was due to a “creative” clamping or holding method.

I purchased the toggle clamps months ago and just had a new project come up that required tapered cuts. After looking around I decided on this design, located my toggle clamps and dug through my scrap bin.

I have a more detailed article and video available on my website if you want to see more.

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 07:19 AM

Hi Ty,
Read the article you linked to above and noted that if you ever decided to build a new jig, you would probably use tracks. Not sure whether you are aware of Rockler's toggle clamps, however if you are not they may be ideal for you ”box of jig goodies”. They are a tad expensive, however, I usually purchase them when on sale and have seen them as low as 1/2 price (actually 2 for price of 1 but one should always buy clamps in pairs). The downside is that they are designed to run in Rockler 5/16” tracks, however, I have customised them to take 1/4” hardware. I have a 3D printer and printed a replica of the “plastic knurled knob” to accept 1/4” hex nuts and are an integral part of my workshop jig arsenal.

And no, I don’t work for Rockler, I’m from down under and the buggers never pay comissions.

Just a thought.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 11:26 AM

Very nice!!!

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 11:36 AM


Sounds familiar to me. I tried some of the basic taper jigs available from the different on-line stores but never could drop the $100+ to get one of the pre-made ones so I finally got around to making my own a couple of years back and boy did it make a difference. Now instead of trying to minimize tapers I keep looking for more ways to incorporate them into my work. The only difference on my jig is that I left off the slide that goes in the mortise slot on the table saw. I set my fence so the jig slides along it. That way I don’t have to worry about it getting hung up if there is junk in the mortise slot or jiggle if the slide is a little worn.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 11:44 AM

Ty, that ’s a very nice jig that you have made. It will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-28-2016 06:30 PM

Great looking jig, Ty. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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