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Bandsaw Circle Jig

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Project by Chris posted 07-03-2012 01:13 AM 3248 views 17 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally needed to cut some circles, so I went ahead and made a jig for the bandsaw. It has a piece of oak that rides in the miter slot of the table and holds the two outside pieces together along with another cross piece under the section hanging out beyond the table. These two side pieces are cut on a 45 degree angle to trap the slider with the pivot point which is cut to match. I didn’t actually cut the slider to match though, I cut all the parts first and assembled them so as to capture the slider. Some paper shims left it snug but easy to slide. A screw in the cross piece holds the slider where I want it. I’ll probably replace the screw with some other mechanism as I can imagine having trouble if I need to set the slider near an existing screw hole, but I’ll wait on that till I need to.

Oh, and my resaw blade is not a great choice for anything under 18 inches in diameter; the 1/4 inch blade works much better!

Thanks for looking,

-- Chris





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 01:35 AM

This is a great looking jig and this is something I could use in my shop. Well Done!!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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nobuckle

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 01:48 AM

What a timely post. A circle cutting jig is one of my next projects. I love how simple your design is.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 01:29 PM

I like it. Good jig!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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DaveFFMedic

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 07:10 PM

Simple, and effective = a perfect jig. I think I’ll bookmark this one so I can refer back to it when its time to make a circle cutting jig.

Dave

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Roger

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 09:51 PM

A nice addition for the bandsaw. congrats on some top-3 also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 04:22 PM

This is going to be a very useful circular jig for me! Thanks for posting!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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