Super-simple Tapering Jig
Tapers turn bulky, blocky stumps into svelte and sexy legs. Start cutting the fat with a trip to the scrap bin.
In the issue #187, November 2008, p. 32, we provided plans for an adjustable tapering jig. It works great for cutting an infinite variety of tapers. But if you want a simpler tapering jig to build that same table set -- one that doesn't require any special hardware -- try this one. It's not quite as versatile, but perfect if you value simplicity in your jig.
Start by cutting the base, guide, end cleat, and spacer from 3/4" MDF or plywood to the sizes shown in the drawing. Make the hold-down from any piece of scrap. (We had 3/4" poplar in the cutoffs bin.)
Glue and screw the end cleat to the base. Then glue the spacer to the guide, but don't attach this assembly to the base yet. Its position depends on the taper to be cut.
Before completing the jig, use it to set up the tablesaw for the cut. First, install a zero-clearance insert so the cutoff won't lodge between the blade and insert plate. (For more about making and using a zero-clearance insert click on links below. Next, place the edge of the base against the saw blade, then slide the rip fence against the opposite edge of the base.