My home brew jig, based on these plans uses the miter slot as guide which I prefer rather than sliding along the fence. My jig does have limits on how wide the stock can be but I've not needed to go beyond those limits (so far)
Its neat, however I see it suffering from some of the same limitations that some of the other commercial taper jigs suffer from. Using the GRR-Ripper helps, a bit, but it doesn't look like a comfortable operation, unless you put yourself in line of fire of a potential kick-back.
One of my more recent projects I made a taper jig that ran against the fence, but it was more like a sled, and the work piece fully clamped on to it.
i'm going to try it. i know it has limitations, but I want it for the degree/angle scales and repeatability. i will use it to make discs by gluing up wedges/slices of wood (like a pizza pie) if that's all i was doing, i could get by with a fixed angle jig, but I will be making wedges of varying size (degrees) and gluing narrow, non-wedge inlay strips between the slices.
for example: i want to make a disc of 8 wedges but have an inlay that is 2 degrees wide between each wedge , so my wedges need to be 43 degrees each
(8 x 2 = 16 degrees) + (8 x 43 = 344) = 360 degrees
i have a jig for it but the gripper looks more precise, variable, and repeatable.
i'll give it a shot and see. who cares if the kids don't eat food next week.
They do work well, the stop limits and angle adjustment make life easy, especially if doing 4 sided tapers on legs where you need to double the angle on the opposite side that you have already cut, so you can easily go from 2 degrees to 4 degrees and back again.
Also using it with the Grr Ripper is a great idea on small parts so you can control offcut and main piece.
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