Fretboard tapering jig.

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Bob Gleason
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Fretboard tapering jig.

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I use a little fretboard tapering jig that Sylvan Wells showed me many years ago. I've done many hundreds of fretboards with it and it has worked great. It depends to some degree on my hand skills, which at 78 are diminishing a bit. If you have a foolproof tapering jig, that securely holds the board, I'd be interested in seeing it. An adjustable one would be great, but one that is specific to sizes is O.K. too. Thanks, Bob
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Hey Bob. Below is a photo of the tapering jig I use on my table saw. It’s commonly used to taper furniture legs. It was relatively cheap from Amazon. It’s reversible which allows me to cut both sides of the fretboard taper. The down side is that the angle setting is VERY imprecise. I have to set it, test on scrap, and readjust it until the angle is as close as I can get it. That’s why after sawing, I then fine tune the cut with a small block plane, and finally shoot the taper smooth. The key is to get the adjustable leg perfectly parallel to the saw fence. It’s a PITA, but, I don’t want to ruin a fretboard.
Someday I may upgrade to a better jig, but, it’s not a priority right now.
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I score a line and bandsaw off close and sand to line
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John, That is the way I have done it for over 40 years. Probably how most builders do it, but I have always wanted a way to do the cut precisely instead of sanding to the line. I guess I just like jigs that do the work correctly the first time. And BlindBo, I do have one of those taper jigs, but I'm looking for a jig with no setup time, if possible.- Bob
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I use a sled on my tablesaw. Draw the taper, align the ends of that drawn line with the edge of the sled, tighten the cam clamps and cut. With an 80 tooth blade no sanding necessary.
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I had tear out too often with the table saw
I tried using the taper jig on my shaper and had chip outs so I just got real good on bandsaw and sanding .
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