I had a small brainstorm today and thought I'd pass it along in case
it's of use to anybody else.
I found myself having to do a bunch of taper cuts for some table legs.
Each leg consists of three pieces (hard to explain why) so I was
looking at a dozen cuts that all had to be the same. I got out the
taper jig, the one made out of two pieces of aluminum held together by
a cheap pin and adjusted by a cheap wing nut. I set it up, checked it
and rechecked it and did everything I could to put off committing to
the first cut. I was dreading what I would if the jig slipped or got
knocked before I had 12 identical tapers. That's when it occured to
I grabbed a scrap of 1/2" plywood big enough to hold the work pieces
and then some. I cleaned up the edges and squared them all up to each
other. Then I laid the taper jig on it, holding them both tight to
the rip fence on my saw, and traced a pencil line along the angled
fence of the jig. Grabbed a scrap of 3/4" ply a couple inches wide
and screwed it down to the 1/2" "sled", along the pencil line,
mirroring the angle of the jig. Then I screwed another small 3/4"
scrap at the tail of the sled and square to the angled fence, to push
the end of the work piece. At the last minute I decided to add a pair
of toggle clamps to the angled fence to hold the work piece solidly
against the fence and flat on the "sled". The whole jig took me less
than 10 minutes to assemble.
I double checked my set up and ran a test cut to confirm it.
Satisfied, I relaxed and proceeded to cut a dozen matching tapers. To
rework an old phrase: "Measure twice, cut 12 times."
Hope this helps somebody,