Taper jigs - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 Old 10-06-2009, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
new guy
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Hutchinson KS
Posts: 15
View drwilson85's Photo Album My Photos
Taper jigs

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good ADJUSTABLE taper jig? Sometimes I need to taper a door or window extension jamb and apparently I dont have a steady enough hand to free hand it cleanly everytime. Homemade jigs or manufactured? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
drwilson85 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 10-06-2009, 09:18 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Santa Rosa CA
Posts: 147
View Gus Dering's Photo Album My Photos
For a quick and easy on the fly jig all you need is a straight rip of plywood around 4" or so. Should be at least as long as the thingy you are tapering.

Lets say you were tapering a 1x6x50" from 5 1/2 to 4.

You got your plywood around 60" or so. As long as it is longer than your 1x6. Tack a stick that is about 6 or 8 inches long on the end of the ply. So it is sticking out a few inches on one side and none on the other.

Cut a small piece of stock to 1 1/2" long. Only needs to be 1/4" or so wide.

Place that in the elbow of your jig. Put the 1x6 up against the little stick at one end and the rip of ply at the other. Now it is tapering 1 1/2".

If your rip of ply is 4" exact then set your rip fence to 9 1/2. You should be real close to cutting nothing on the lead in and taking 1 1/2" on the tail. 5 1/2 to 4 on the other.

If you aren't super comfy holding all that together while ripping, then consider getting someone to handle the outfeed side while you are pushing.
Gus Dering is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 10-09-2009, 10:56 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 48
View NathanT's Photo Album My Photos
I'm a big fan of homemade jigs, but either Rockler and Woodcraft sell an easy to use taper jig that rests against your fence for around $20.

I believe they both sell an upgraded miter slot version for around $70.

In fact I think the Rockler basic version is on clearance/sale right now for around $10.

Use Code V9790 if you're purchasing over $60 to get a $15 gift card.
NathanT is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charles Neil taper Jig TexasTimbers Woodworking Videos 2 08-20-2009 01:41 PM
A Simple Taper Jig windstorm General Woodworking Discussion 5 03-29-2009 04:52 PM
Taper Cut Jig Tom5151 General Woodworking Discussion 16 01-30-2009 12:41 PM
Taper jig for long cuts pete lynch Trim Carpentry & Built-Ins 6 08-30-2008 04:55 AM
my taper jig video and patterns Charles Neil General Woodworking Discussion 0 07-31-2008 12:41 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome