TAPER / STRAIGHT LINE JIG

 

I make some of my own boards from logs. After cutting the rough boards, it’s necessary to get one straight edge to start with.             

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These dovetail clamps seemed like the perfect solution for designing a straight line jig.

 

I had some 1” thick melamine from an old entertainment center that was just what I needed. I added a strip of Formica on one edge so that it would slide along the table saw fence effortlessly.

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I glued a ¼” t-nut at the back corner, for bolting on a stop block.

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When setting up to router in the dovetails, I set up for all of the lines, because you want to first cut a ¼” slot before cutting the dovetail.

 

I cut multiple dovetails so that the jig could be used for all different lengths of boards.

 

This jig can also be set up for cutting tapers also.

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