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Project by lovinmrv posted 1407 days ago 3367 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter runs a flower shop up here in the wilds of Vermont ( ) and, besides being “Delivery Dad”, I get to help her maintain the store.

She has rented the space next to her flower shop to start “The Wedding Co-op”, a resource center for brides and grooms (and their poor, bedraggled parents) to be. ....Enter delivery Dad…

She needs a sign, and we thought it would be nice to have an oval sign. Now, getting out the sabre saw is just WAY too easy, so I have been searching LJ’s and other resources to figure out how to make an oval cutter. Pictures 1-3 show the results. The base is approximately 13” square, made out of MDF with dovetail slots. The runners are oak with countersunk carriage bolts. It took me a while to get the router base right…I attached it to a 2’ radius arm that results in the ability to cut a 48” wide oval. Picture 4 shows my first attempt at an oval. The white is drywall compound that is repairing a few blemishes….all in all, not a bad first try. Lesson learned: Cut the MDF on a windy day, outside, upwind of the nastiest guy in your neighborhood…what a dust storm!

Pictures 5 and 6 are of a push block, fashioned after the one on page 4 of ShopNotes Vol. 19, Issue 10. Mine is not nearly as pretty as theirs, but it doeas a great job of keeping my fingers safe.

Thanks for looking!

-- Life is a sales job.

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#1 posted 1407 days ago

Nice to see those things realy work :-)) Good job Dad!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 1407 days ago

Great job

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 1407 days ago

Really clever jig, it will go to my favorites, thank you.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 1406 days ago

Good job with the jig.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 1406 days ago

Never saw a jig like that. I have to wrap my head around that to figure out how it works. Pretty cool it makes ovals AND is adjustable for size!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 1406 days ago

Nicely done …best wishes for your daughters business : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 1406 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments. Ron, the attached illustration should help you with your wrapping… :)


-- Life is a sales job.

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#8 posted 1406 days ago

That is a pretty cool jig. I never realized there is such a use for what we usally see as a useless grinder project. Thanks for sharing, the little demo is great.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 1401 days ago


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