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Super simple and easy Band Saw Circle Jig

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Project by LoganN posted 01-07-2017 04:29 PM 886 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came up with a super simple and easy jig for the band saw because I needed to make two 24” circles and I didn’t want a router jig. The pictures above show some of the circles I’ve cut and the actual jig. I posted an Instructable about how to do it at: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Easiest-and-Cheapest-Band-Saw-Circle-Jig/

I saw a lot of band saw jigs, but most seemed overly complicated to me. This is my simplification. Have fun with it!





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 01-07-2017 06:06 PM

Looks like an inexpensive solution. I will admit to being lazy when I needed one and bought the Carter jig for $80. It works fairly well and I’ve made enough lazy susans to pay for it no problem. I will admit though that any of these commercial models do take some trial and error for setting up, plus are prone to shifting if you are not careful.

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LoganN

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 06:46 PM

I’ve bought many a jig instead of making them, but all the ones I looked at were too complicated for what you had to do. Seriously, it’s just ridiculous to me that they would be that difficult! Lol – this is just a nice and easy jig.

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 12:57 AM

I’d say the one Darbin Orvar made (which I also made with a few tweaks) is a very simple, yet versatile jig, IMO. Just slide the bar out to the radius, lock the arm, place plywood on pin and start cutting/rotating. The small profile is also nice for storage. With that said, yours is definitely a quick method to getting some circles cut. Great job for a quick jig setup.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 02:37 AM



I d say the one Darbin Orvar made (which I also made with a few tweaks) is a very simple, yet versatile jig, IMO. Just slide the bar out to the radius, lock the arm, place plywood on pin and start cutting/rotating. The small profile is also nice for storage. With that said, yours is definitely a quick method to getting some circles cut. Great job for a quick jig setup.

- Rayne

This is as he says a simple jig with two settings, for something quick or the same size all the time it works well.

Have to agree, currently working on my own version of hers with a few tweaks.

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LoganN

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 01:08 PM



This is as he says a simple jig with two settings, for something quick or the same size all the time it works well.

Have to agree, currently working on my own version of hers with a few tweaks.

- woodbutcherbynight

Exactly! Just a quick and simple jig – you can have as many settings as you could like to do though. I’m thinking of doing a router groove every inch to get circles anywhere from 2 inches up to 24 inches.

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