Ellipse and circle cutting jigs

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Forum topic by knurlesnburls posted 02-18-2011 06:27 AM 8196 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2011 06:27 AM

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Has anyone used the rockler ellipse and circle jig? Is there a different or better one out there? Where do they retail?

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 07:29 AM

Though I use my homemade jigs for circle cutting for both bandsaw and router I have the Millscraft circle router jig and works fine and the cost is minimal. There are so many jigs for sale and so many jigs that you can build yourself… There seems to be more satisfaction in using ones own hand made jigs.

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 03:53 PM

The Rockler jig is as good as they get and most comparable are identical indesign. I’ve checked them at length. A few are fancier and more expensive (aluminum) but appreciably more pricey.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 05:36 PM

I bought one when they had a big sale on them and I have used it a few times.

Maybe I need to improve my technique but I find that it is much easier to use one with a second person to assist. The arm can easily lift off the pegs in the base and I need to have someone holding the arm down securely on the pegs in the base (while letting it move) and I like to have both hands on the router.

Otherwise it works as it should.

Note – I drilled an extra hole in the end of the arm and, on occasion, stick a pencil in that hole for the purpose of drawing an ellipse, which I then cut out with a band saw or jig saw. I can do that without any assistance.

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 12:32 AM

is it just my way of using mine but are you limited to the how narrow you can make an oval..
with some alteration of my homemade jig I was able to get a 12×26 oval

but would like 26×7

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 12:41 AM

rf58 I have solved your problem in the past. I built a jig like you have with half cut off to cut a template. I drew my center line, centered the jig and cut half of the oval out with the jig and cut the rest with my jig saw. I placed that on my stock and cut the oval a little big with my jig saw and finished with a router and flush trim bit doing half at a time.

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 12:45 AM

after all this work (its not like I have any thing else to do) but I think I would be better off to have drawn out on Masonite the shape I wanted (using the nail trick)and cut it with a jig saw and sanded it with a big drum sander and used a router to follow it but then I wouldn’t have a complicated jig to show off at the ww meeting Thursday night.

-- rf58, Illinois

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 01:08 AM

my wife helped me remove and then reinstall the top and bottom removable pieces while I routed the grove. doing it this way it lets me make it narrower by about 3” can you tell where they are cut == I pinned them so they go back in just the right spot works good…...... but cant see how I can go any lower/ squatyer .. I took another pic so you could see..

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 01:47 AM

I’ve wanted an ellipse jig for years but couldn’t bear to pay what they asked for such a simple device. Thankfully I found this video by Izzy on a simple method for building one. here’s the link-
I’ll be building one myself right soon.

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