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post #1 of 3 Old 10-06-2009, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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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
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-06-2009, 09:18 PM
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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.
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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.
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