03-30-2001, 12:01 AM
I'm doing some finish carpentry and need an easy way to rip some wood so that I end up with different widths at each end. The boards are around 54" long and need to be 6 1/2 " on one end and a tad over 7" on the other. I've come up with some jigs on my own, but feel sure there are much better designs. Any help would be much appreciated.
Here's an easy one to make. Maybe you've already done this one. Rip a board, say, 2 inches wide and about 5 feet long, so it's longer than the boards you're going to cut. Now cut a short rectangle which is '1/2 + a tad' wide and a couple of inches long. While you're at it, make a second short rectangle like the first but a little shorter, maybe an inch and a half. Now glue them together to look like this:
Take the 54" board you're going to rip, and lay it along the long sled you've just made, with one end against the 2" board and the other end resting on the first step at the other end, and up against the second step. Now put the guide up against your TS fence, and push the whole assembly through the saw. One end of the work will be '1/2 + tad' less than the other end. This is a well known jig, not mine at all. Wiley Horne P.S. I can't get the drawing to register exactly right in the message, but I think it's close enough that you can get the idea.
03-31-2001, 10:19 AM
Thanks Wiley. Sounds like a great idea.