The next step of these free woodworking plans for a tapering jig is to use a cordless drill or power drill to drill a countersunk bolt hole through each side of the jig (parallel to the hinge pin, but at the opposite end of the jig) as shown in the image above.
After drilling the hole cleanly through the edges of each board, drill a countersink for each hole on the bottoms of each side board. Join 11,264 of us on the Homemade Tools forum, and get your free 50 Must Read Homemade Tools ebook. Homemade tapering jig intended to ride in a table saw's miter slot, instead of against its rip fence, thereby increasing overall safety in operation. Well, let me tell you—that jig is just plain NOT safe to use when tapering narrow stock.
I basically used the idea from this site, with a few modifications to use stock I had available. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ.
Normally, when I need to cut a taper on the tablesaw, I run a scrap of plywood, MDF or Masonite through the tablesaw with the fence set so there's room for the work and a handle. I've found with that little hinged metal jig that my hands get way too close to the blade for comfort.
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.
I find that 30-inches is about the right length for the two sides of the tapering jig, but if you want a longer or shorter tapering jig, you can adjust your lengths accordingly.
Be sure that the countersinks are deep enough that the heads of the carriage bolts will not protrude from the bottom of the jig. Using a tablesaw to cut tapered legs isn't rocket science but some jigs make the job a lot harder than it needs to be. I have been wanting to make one of these for years, but every time I need it I just custom make a non-adjustable one!! I lay out the taper on one piece of the work and clamp that to the sled so the marks are on that freshly cut edge. Just make sure that the hinge pin is parallel to the ends of the two boards so that the tapering jig will open and close smoothly.
I then stick down scraps of wood around the work with carpet tape and screw a larger block to the sled as a handle. Trying to hold the blank against the jig and keep the jig against the fence while making the cut is too much of struggle.
It keeps your hands away from the blade and the piece is secure with the clamps!!!The nice thing about this and making jigs lie that for the router table is that the piece is not sliding on the table, It sits on the jig and the whole thing moves solidly!!
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