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Alex Lane

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 04:10 AM

The guys who have woodworking shows on TV like Norm Abrams and Scott Phillips usually use a bandsaw jig for circles 2 to 3 or more feet in diameter. At least I don’t remember seeing them use a bandsaw for a diameter as small as yours. I think they both use a router on a circle-jig for the smaller circles.

Maybe that’s no help to you, but it might vaguely explain your difficulties…

I think that the way you worked it out—freehand, followed by sanding with the jig—was very excellent use of an alternate technique. To me, that’s the beauty of woodworking…there’s definitely more than one way to ‘skin a cat’—or slice a board—whichever you prefer… ;-D

Your frustration is understandable, but sometimes what works for some people just doesn’t pan out for others. I’m usually in the ‘others’ group, so I often find another way to effectively do what I want in the shop. I end up being even more satisfied with the result because of the journey I took to get there.

Keep it up!!

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