I need to cut a "taper" on a piece of pine. It measures 3/4x1, about 4 ft.
long. I need to cut 3/16 at the top down to 1/16 at the bottom. Hope I'm
explaining this right. Would the best thing to use be a taper jig or how? I
have to do more of them, about 6 or 8. Never used a taper jig, so all
advice and ideas are welcome.
Have a safe and prosperous New Year!
Make a basic taper sled.
I don't have my instructions online any more, but here's another
description I googled:
You really don't need the fancy hardware, just screw some stop blocks
and a shop-made hold down system to the sled. To do three and four
sided tapers simply carpet tape the cut off wedge and a shim, milled
to the thickness of your tablesaw kerf minus the carpet tape, back to
the work piece.
The same jig is easily modified for a band saw. You can also taper
legs with jointers, planers, and/or hand planes and saws. I like the
shop built sled best.
Aluminum taper jigs should be banned. <G> Things can get very ugly,
very quickly with an aluminum jig.
> I need to cut a "taper" on a piece of pine. It measures 3/4x1, about
> long. I need to cut 3/16 at the top down to 1/16 at the bottom.
This is a natural for a scarfing jig, assuming you have either a router
or a plane, either powered or hand.
For this job, I would stay away from a table saw for safety reasons.
Take a look at the home made scarfing jig shown in Fred Bingham's book,
Practical Yacht Joinery.
SFWIW, I have a 12:1 scarf jig made from 3/4 ply, hanging in my shed.
For this small of a taper you can use the trick normally used to fit
inset doors into an out of square hole. Just tack a 1/8" shim at one
end of the board on the face that meets the fence. Since the piece is 4
ft long, create a fence extension that goes far enough back from the
front of the blade, adjust the cut width and push it through.
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