Poor Man's Tapering Jig

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Project by BGW posted 04-21-2013 04:44 PM 2382 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am building six Adirindack chairs for a customer & I needed to taper the back staves. Rather than doing them all by hand with a circular saw (7 per chair) & risk damaging the expensive Trex material, I decided to make a quick multi-purpose taper jig using scrap from the shop. It definitely made quick work of the staves.

I’ll be able to adjust the clampdowns for other applications by simple moving the block (attached with wood screws).

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 07:13 PM

Not necessarily a poor mans jig. I call it a smart mans jig. Why spend money on something you can make out of scrap wood. I built a similar jig for my Adirondack chairs. Made the process repeatable and easy.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 04:28 AM

I needed a quick taper jig tonight and ran across yours when I did a search. What a time saver!

Has Indiana started its HS football season yet? Michigan’s started this week. Good luck this year.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

P.S. your portfolio of projects is impressive.

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 08:53 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Bill in MI. High school FB has, indeed, begun in Indiana. After reading your remarks, it made me think I need to update my profile. I retired from teaching this last spring to run my business full time…but I am still helping out with the varsity football program. We are 1-1 so far this year. We lost to the 5th ranked team in 6A (the biggest division in the state) in our first game, but beat the 11th ranked team in game two in a fantastic football game, for sure.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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