A table saw is a great tool for cutting wood, especially if you want to cut large pieces or multiple pieces at once. The problem is that it takes time to get the blade sharpened properly. If you don’t have time to sharpen the blade regularly, you might consider using a taper jig instead. In this blog post, we will explore how to make a taper jig for a table saw?
Tapers are used to create accurate cuts in wood. They consist of two parts: a base plate and a guide bar. The guide bar has a slot cut into it, allowing the blade to slide back and forth during the cut. This allows the user to make smooth, even cuts without having to constantly adjust the blade position.
The taper jig is essentially a combination of these two components. It consists of a base plate and a vertical guide bar. Once you attach the guide bar to the base plate, you can then place the material to be cut between them.
Make a taper jig for a table saw Step by Step
Start with an 8-inch piece of 3/4-inch plywood. You will need to use a circular saw to cut this out. Be sure to keep your work area clean because sawdust could ruin any finish on your project.
Cut a 5-1/2-inch hole in the center of the base plate. Use a drill press or other power miter saw to make the holes. Make sure they are centered over the corners of the base plate so that they line up when you install the guide bar.
Use a router to cut slots in each corner of the base plate. These should be 1/8 inch deep. I recommend using a router bit called a “countersink bit”. These are available from Woodcraft.
Attach a clamp to one end of the guide bar. Then fasten the guide bar to the top of the base plate. Fastening screws through the base plate hold the guide bar securely in place.
Place a block of scrap wood under the guide bar where you plan to put your material to be cut. Attach the guide bar to the bottom of the base plate.
Place the material to be cut directly above the guide bar. Slide the material down until it rests against the guide bar.
- Circular saw or miter saw
- Table saw
- Power drill or cordless drill
- Medium-size woodworking clamps
You can now start making your cuts. Simply slide the guide bar back and forth across the material while keeping the blade stationary.
This method works best for creating straight lines. If you would like to cut curves, you may find it easier to use a different type of jig.
A tapered jig is similar to a taper jig but does not require the use of a router. Instead, it uses a set of guide pins that are attached to the base plate. To make a tapered jig, simply follow the same steps as described above, but add the guide pins after attaching the guide bar to the plate.
A jig for shaping a curve is also possible. Just remember that a curved surface requires more movement than a flat one. For example, a 45-degree angle needs to move back and forth twice as far as a 90-degree angle. Because of this, a tapered jig is more suitable.
Use Your Tapering Jig
To use your tapering jigs, adjust the angle of your jig and tighten the bolt. Place the jig firmly against the left side edge of your table saw and use the blade to cut the taper.
Then place the other side of the jig firmly against your table saw fence, and adjust the position of your fence until you’ve cut the taper to the desired thickness. Hold the board against the jigger and the jigger against the fence. Slide both through the saw blade. This will give you a consistent, cleanly-tapered board.
How do you know which size jig to make?
The size depends on what you want to accomplish with your project. A small jig might be enough for cutting out a single piece of plywood. A large jig could accommodate multiple pieces at once. Also, consider how many times you’ll need to use the jig. If you’re only going to use it once, then go with a smaller jig. On the other hand, if you’re planning on using it frequently, then go with a larger jig.
What kind of wood should I use?
You can use almost any hardwood you wish. However, some woods have better properties than others. Pine tends to warp over time because its fibers are too soft. Oak and mahogany tend to split easily. Be careful when choosing wood. Try to get good quality wood from a reputable supplier.
Make sure to always wear safety goggles when working around sharp tools. I hope this article was helpful for you. Please leave us a comment below if there are any questions or topics you’d like me to cover in future Articles.