Table saw tapering jig

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I made a small side table recently, and was using this to taper the legs:

Well, let me tell you—that jig is just plain NOT safe to use when tapering narrow stock. My fingers were WAY too close to the blade for my comfort, so I set out to make a better jig.

I basically used the idea from this site, with a few modifications to use stock I had available. Base and fence are made from 18mm Baltic birch plywood. The runner for the miter slot is UHMW, and the toggle clamps came from Lee Valley.

Here’s a shot of the underside. I cut a shallow (3/32”) groove to help align the UHMW runner.

Overall dimensions for the base are 12.5” x 30”. I will feel much safer cutting tapers with this jig!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 12:44 AM

So far, I do not understand. Please add an image(s) to show it in action. Is there a pivot point on the far end?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 12:58 AM

Very nice!! I have been wanting to make one of these for years, but every time I need it I just custom make a non-adjustable one!! I hope your project inspires me to make one!! THANKS!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 01:01 AM

John, Very nice.. very similar to my rip sled, but with a fence that slots.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 01:10 AM

That is a VERY shiny table saw table!

I agree with your “dis-use” of that jig, it’s junk.

Nice shop-made jig.

I try to keep my stock “on” the table (or a “sacrifisial sled” table) whenever possible, I’ve had “drop-off” incidents if a high HP saw is involved, my sleds support the cut off, but your jig looks safe. Good luck

-- steve/USA

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 01:46 AM

Good looking jig—nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-24-2013 01:55 AM

Right on!!!!!!!. Be safe at all costs! I love that jig. It keeps your hands away from the blade and the piece is secure with the clamps!!!
The nice thing about this and making jigs lie that for the router table is that the piece is not sliding on the table, It sits on the jig and the whole thing moves solidly!!

Nice going!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-24-2013 03:04 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

HM—sorry, the far toggle clamp in the picture hides the slot at the far end—it’s identical the one seen at the front of the fence. Hope that makes sense!

Edit: here is a picture from the link I provided (a picture is worth a thousand words, and all that…)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 03:27 AM

I like your design better that the one I saw on tv a few weeks back. Well done And thanks for the plans.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 03:29 AM

I built one almost identical; I used slots in the plywood instead of t-track though.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 07:57 AM

Great jog made the same one as well, love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 10:46 AM

This one is on my to-do list. Definitely looks safer

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 11:31 AM

Perfect timing, my weekend project. Great build and beefy solid simple and safe. I like it. Thanks for posting.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 12:51 PM

Rockler makes an slightly different version of the same thing…. it’s on my short list of TS jigs to make.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 05-24-2013 01:09 PM

I really like that. I too have that blue jig and have hardly used it because it just doesn’t secure the work piece.

-- Joe

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#15 posted 05-24-2013 01:54 PM

Those metal jigs should be banned ! Your jig is so much safer and looks great as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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