Makin it "On the Cheap" Router Circle Cutter (Prototype)

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Project by MagDaddy2 posted 09-19-2010 07:03 PM 2733 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, a friend and I were talking Friday and he said he needed a fast, accurate way to cut holes, 6” diameter, into some plywood sheeting. He was looking to make his own “Corn Hole boards”, a game which has caught on like wildfire, around the USA… We discussed and researched and came to the conclusion “a router will give the best cut for the situation. Size of boards, holes size and lack of more sophisticated tools were the major things under consideration and largely effected the decision. Thus, a quick, dirty and fast solution. Deemed as a “Prototype” as I want to make more and improved models in the near future. This one will suffice for now. Corn Hole anyone???

Materials = 1/4” MDF, 1/4” SS Rod spray on Poly…

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 07:16 PM

I have a store-bought one of these, and there’s no more to it than yours – nothing you can do to improve it. Call it a keeper.

One thing you can do: I assume you’ve got the holes positioned so the outside of the hole is the part you keep, and the disc is the waste. You could put another line of holes positioned and labeled so you can make discs, with the outside as the waste.

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 07:48 PM

This is beautiful.

A versatile improvement is to make the elongated base out of 3/16 or 1/4” clear acrylic. With it attached, you can mark the radius you want on anything, from its edge, place the router on it with the cutter touching the edge and look through the acrylic at your mark and mark the acrylic and drill it. This is much easier than stuff you can’t see through, unless you’re Clark Kent the Woodcrafter and you have a phone booth in your shop.

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