Free woodworking plans and projects instructions to build many versions of woodworking jigs to help you taper a board. Tapers are often used in table leg design.
I recently needed to cut some tapered pieces for a project and did not want to invest in a manufactured jig. So I built the simple jig you see in the photo. It does not take much material to build the jig. You probably have just about everything you will need lying around your shop.
When it came time to make the thick, tapered legs, I needed a way to make a long, angled cut quickly and accurately. But I also wanted to make sure the taper on both legs ended up identical. So, I made a simple taper jig. The jig makes it easy to position the leg at the correct angle and hold it in place during the cut (see photo at this link).
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for taper jig with vacuum clamping. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
This taper jig is accurate and can accommodate a wide variety of lengths, widths, and thicknesses of stock. It also works great for making straight rip cuts on narrow pieces of stock. Extra articles: Shop Made Setup Gauge and a couple Shop Tips on dust control, plug inserts and gripping threaded rods.
This tapering jig allows you to key in actual dimensions: the width of the stock you need to remove, and the length of the taper. The jig locks in place for repeated cuts, yet it can be easily readjusted simply by loosening the wing nut.
Many fine furniture projects such as tables, chairs, etc., call for tapered legs. While there are many methods that could be used to create such tapered legs, probably the easiest is with a tapering jig for your table saw.
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