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#1 posted 06-09-2010 10:21 AM

Okay, I’m back from the lab, uh, the shop and I’ve learned a few things:

1) This things can be made several ways. One approach allows you to push a piece of wood which is wider than the diameter of the circle you are cutting into the blade, then start cutting. The other requires you to either start at the edge of the board, or pre-cut a notch to start from.

I’m partial to the former, because it saves a step.

2) A simple circle cutter, can be thrown together in about five minutes. Nicer, more versatile jigs take longer, of course.

3) You must position the pivot pin in line and just in front of the blade, or it will bind it. Sliding into the wood and starting the circle cut back from the blade as little as a quarter of an inch bound the blade each time. Moving up to the blade did not.

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