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Forum topic by DavidSkaw posted 12-21-2015 11:56 PM 707 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2015 11:56 PM

Hey All,

I am a new woodworker and have what might be a basic question but I can not find an answer anywhere.
how can I cut simple shapes from plywood.. I want to make a Shapes box. like this one.

Or This one

I have no idea how to cut the shapes..

I have a band saw, routers etc.. no scroll saw

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 12:55 AM

scroll saw or jig saw.

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 01:02 AM

Best way is with a scroll saw so you can drill a small hole at a corner, insert blade and cut the shape out, sand down your shape and the drilled hole disappears.

Using a jig saw you will probably have to make a set of shapes separately because your cutout is going to be trashed.

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 02:41 PM

Yep, scroll or jig saw. Scroll saw is definitely the best option for the reasons patcollins pointed out – get the cutouts and the shapes at the same time. If you don’t have access to a scroll saw a jig saw will do the job just fine. You’ll have to make the cutouts and then make the shapes from a different board though.

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 08:10 PM

Templates and spiral router bit. You would also need router guide bushings. I think this would give you the most consistent results if you wanted to make multiples.

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