Over the years, I’ve made a lot of tapers. I usually cobble together a one-time use jig from scrap and throw it away when I’m done. And while there are a lot of tapering jig/sled designs out there I couldn’t find anything that inspired me enough to build or buy it. So I challenged my buddy Andy Klein with the task of coming up with a tapering sled that not only accommodates just about any taper I’d need to make, but also does it in a way that’s quick and easy to adjust. That’s what we’re introducing today: The Taper Maker
It features a single cam handle that adjust up and down as needed with three spring-loaded hold-downs. The sled can accommodate nearly 2.5″ of thickness on my saw and almost 36″ in length. It can be used for tapers as well as straight line rips for jointing operations.
We offer a hardware kit and plans if you’d like to make one for yourself. With most fancy tapering jigs on the market going for over $100, we think this is a great cost-effective solution.
By the way, if you want to see Andy using the jig for a cool project, check this out.