Tapering and Jointing Jig

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Project by Bricofleur posted 07-30-2013 04:17 PM 3166 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since the expiry date of my old tapering jig has exceeded, I decided to fabricate this new model that also allows to joint at the table saw or at the router table.
The parallel base is a 9” X 28” piece of 5/8” MDF on which I laid out parallel lines for five sets of 3-1/2” long 1/4” carriage bolts. The two hardwood pieces (poplar) about 5/8” X 1-1/2” X 8-3/4” act as pressure bars.
The small lower knobs are only used to level the pressure bars. The securing down pressure is applied with the larger top mounted knobs.
For repetitive cuts I’m adding a stop strip for now (photo #1), until I fabricate sliding stops to be located between the pressure bars.
To straighten edges, the same jig can also be used free hand at a router table outfitted with a
bottom bearing mounted flush trim bit or a guide bushing.

Thanks for looking.

Find all construction details and more photos on this page of my blog.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 04:19 PM

I like it!

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 04:34 PM

I like the hold downs. Wondering if it could use adjustable stops to secure the piece from the side?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 06:21 PM

Great Idea. Nice and simple design. Looks very flexible. I like it. I think I’ll make one in the future even though i have a commercially build one.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 06:48 PM

very nice one Serge, I have one similar and it’s perfect when needed. Very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 08:36 PM

Great idea beats the snot out of the cheap aluminum jigs.

-- tim, the mountaineer

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 09:59 PM

Great looking jig Serge, thanks for sharing.
you grew a beard !

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 02:30 AM

Very nice tapering jig…simple yet very effective design….like it a lot, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 01:01 PM

Nice one Serge

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 03:05 PM

Thank you, guys for your comments. I’m glad I built it and it should be useful for many years to come.

@SteveW: Eagle eye. I only changed my gravatar yesterday! The last time I shaved was in January. I rather be building jigs than shaving! :-)

@DocSavage45: Be patient, Thomas, because I’m thinking about adding sliding stops between the pressure bars.

@steliart: I did see yours and was inspired by it as well as some LJ’s models. One can find great stuff on LJ. Addictive as they say!



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#10 posted 08-05-2013 02:15 PM

Great design!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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