For accuracy and safety, you must move the wood in a perfectly straight line parallel to the saw blade. Any side to side movement will result in inaccurate cuts and may even cause the wood to kick back at you.
If you only need to cut one tapered work piece, simply position the work piece with the cut marks over the edge of the sled and clamp it in place with hold down clamps.
If you need multiple tapered pieces, this jig is the tool you need. With this taper jig, you can create as many tapered work pieces as you need. Each piece wil be exactly like all the others
This jig provides three locked down alignment points to ensure accurate placement.
Note: Free plans for the Safety Handle is available on a separate page. See the right side bar links above.
Congratulations! Your Work Piece Positioning Parts are Complete!
Drill three holes through the Clamp Body as indicated in the drawing above.
The hole indicated by the green arrow should be the correct diameter for the Tee-Nut to be pressed into.
The two holes indicated by the red arrows should be 5/16".
Finally, use your jig saw to open a slot between the two holes indicated by the dotted purple lines.
Drill two 9/64" holes completely through the Pad Block as indicated by the red arrows in the drawing above. Countersink these two holes for No. 6 flathead screws.
Choose a drill bit about the size of the nails on the nylon pads and drill holes about 1/4" deep as indicated by the green arrows. This is to prevent the wood from splitting.
Apply glue to the mating surfaces and secure the Pad Block to the Clamp Body with 1 1/4" No. 6 flathead screws as shown in the drawing above.
Next, tap the Tee-Nut and nylon pads in place as shown.
Finally, insert the Toggle Clamp Foot into the Tee-Nut as shown.
Congratulations! You clamp is ready to use.
Lower the saw blade below the surface of the table saw top. Then, place your table saw sled on the right side of the saw blade with the sled's miter slot bar in the Table saw miter slot.
Position the workpiece as needed for the correct taper cut. Then, secure the End Positioner at the far end of the workpiece as indicated by the red arrow. Secure the End Positioner with the T-Track bolt and hex nut. Be sure the hex nut is tightened enough that the it will not move.
Next, position the alignment Block along the edge of the work piece as indicated by the blue arrow. Secure the Alignment Block with the knob to ensure it will not move as shown above.
Set your three point clamp down over the long bolt as indicated by the red arrow in the picture above. Tighten the knob on this bolt to clamp the work piece.
Use a regular aluminum hold down clamp to secure the work piece in a second place as indicated by the blue arrow.
Remember, you will not be holding the work piece to the sled with your hands. Be sure the work piece is tightened enough that it will remain securely in place on the sled as the cuts is being made.
Attach a safety handle to the sled and you're ready to cut tapers!
Congratulations! Your Table Saw Tapering Jig is Complete!