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Forum topic by Mikeyf56 posted 02-22-2010 03:35 AM 2025 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2010 03:35 AM

I bought a nice taper jig from Rockler, but the instructions are pretty woeful for a dunce like me.

Today I needed 4 pieces, 14” top to bottom, 7” wide at the top and 9” wide at the bottom. With the degree/inch guage on the jig, I was lost. To complicate matters, it looks as though the jig can only be used on one side of the table saw blade.

I ended up drawing lines on the piece and using the miter guage on my saw. Worked ok, but I was lucky due to the gauge’s inherant inaccuraccy.

There must be some way to cut tapers on both sides of a piece, but I’ll be darned if I can figure it out. I’ll sure appreciate feedback!

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 03:55 AM

Mark each end (on one side) of the piece to be tapered. Set the taper jig against the rip fence along with the piece to be tapered. Slide the rip fence so it is close to one of the miter gauge slots. Adjust the taper jig so the marks on the work piece align with the edge of the miter slot- you may have to readjust the rip fence. Once you get the taper jig/work piece aligned, lock down the taper jig adjustment knob. Slide the rip fence over until the “leading” edge mark is aligned with the saw blade and cut. To cut the other side, flip the work piece over and repeat.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 04:33 AM

“Mark one side….” which side?

If the jig is against the fence, how can the work piece be against the fence too?

As I visualize it, if the rip fence is “close” to the miter slot, won’t the jig and work piece be beyond the slot?

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 04:38 AM

I’ve given up on the taper jigs. I find that with a wide blade on my bandsaw, I can cut a very straight line. I then finish with a hand plane.

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 07:34 AM

I made my own from a web site I found, I can taper all four sides of a piece of square wood with it. Most jigs can be made for free out of scrap wood.
On the rockler you have to set the angle of the cut and the distance from the fence, Its a pretty easy setup. And Lew was explaining how to do one side and then you flip it to the other side and repeat the process. So just pick a side to start with.

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 07:40 AM

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 07:54 AM

That is a nice sled. Now I will have to build a new one. Thanks a lot Jim, one more project on the list, not that I mind. Ha ha.

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 03:29 PM

While the Rockler setup may be easy for some, it is not for me. I’ll send them an e-mail asking for clarification.

Nice sled Jim, thank you.

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 04:11 PM

I think those rulers are a confusion factor and are only valid if the workpiece fits exactly the length of the measured range. I mark the 2 opposite ends (on the edges, where I can see them, only on the first piece), set the fence to align those marks to the jig edge and cut all the pieces requiring that cut. Then reset the fence to the marks on the other side. Repeat.
I’ve been using a taper sled for over 30 years and found it very helpful. BTW, I stopped using the classic, spread apart, and dangerous jig at about the same time!

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 03:29 AM

Lew, I am always amazed at my lack of ability to understand instructions one evening, and have them make perfect sense the next.

thank you, and all of you, for your feedback and advice.

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