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Project by Elizabeth posted 1270 days ago 4402 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend I made a circle jig using the instructions posted on this page . I needed a two foot square piece of 3/4 plywood, four wood screws, a thin nail, a drill press and a table saw. And a bandsaw, otherwise there’s no point.

I made the sliding piece too thin – I tried to make it 3/4 inch on the top surface but I ended up with less than that. It still works but I will need to have a thin blade in the bandsaw – not a problem, really, as I do have a thin blade in it. Also I neglected to note that the Grizzly bandsaw has a little plug sticking out of the table on the right hand side, which I only realised after assembly. Lacking a milling machine I made do with many repetitions on the drill press, making some space for that plug.

I then had to re-assemble one of the sides because there was too much play in the slider, and I was getting rather interesting spirals instead of circles, and it was also bending my blade so I had to abort and fix the issue.

But I’ve already used this jig to make a couple of circles today and also to make quarter-circle corners on a project, so I think it’s definitely worth the $10 of materials and about an hour of labor.





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 1270 days ago

Thanks for the look, I’ll try my hand at making myself one.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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steliart

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#2 posted 1270 days ago

very well made, thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#3 posted 1270 days ago

Nice jig..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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BTKS

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#4 posted 1269 days ago

This should work better than my current rig and much more adjustable. Thanks for the post.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Diggerjacks

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#5 posted 1269 days ago

Hello Elizabeth

You’ve a good jig this week end Congratulations !!!
What size for your bandsaw ?
Thanks for the link

Thanks for sharing
Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 1269 days ago

Hi DiggerJack,

It’s a 14 inch bandsaw. The size of the table is 14 inches square so I made the total size of the top pieces 14×22 inches and the supporting piece is 14×8 inches.

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BTKS

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#7 posted 1269 days ago

Elizabeth,
Thanks again. I’m posting my new circle jig based on your post. Mainly to show postings can and do inspire others to get away from the computer and back in the shop.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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mafe

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#8 posted 1269 days ago

Really nice jig Elisabeth, I have to make one of these.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 1265 days ago

That’s a cool jig. thanks for sharing. I’ll have to make one when I get home!!

And that looks like a G0555 Grizzly saw, too!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Elizabeth

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#10 posted 1265 days ago

Jim – it is indeed! Part of me wishes that I’d splurged on the 555X, but the rest of me really likes the saw.

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