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10-22-2012 01:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question cutting board round router bandsaw shaping

I would like to make some round end grain CBs. My thought is to use a circular router jig, but I don’t want to drill a hole for the pin in the CB, So, I thought I could use the jig to make a template from 1/4” plywood, then double stick that to the blank and use a top bearing bit in the router to clean up the rough edges left by the band saw. Finally, sanding would be required to make a truly smooth finished surface.

Is there an easier, less labor intensive method? How do the cognoscenti make truly round boards? TIA

-- Art


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#1 posted 10-22-2012 01:37 AM

You could still use the router circle jig. Use double stick tape and tape a scrap piece of wood on the back. Hot glue would work to. Then, make a hole in the scrap for the circle jig. You could even use a circle jig on the bandsaw, same idea.

Good luck!

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 03:30 AM

I would use the bandsaw (that is if you have one). Seems like a lot of work for a router. Make a jig and use double stick tape, IMHO.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 02:43 PM

Yes, I can band saw the blank, but I guess I am trying to find a way to decrease the time spent sanding the edges. Any other suggestions????

-- Art

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 02:49 PM

Was my suggestion not adequate? You want to use a circle jig on a router but you don’t want to drill a pivot hole in the cutting board. Why not tape/hot glue a piece of scrap and drill the pivot hole in that?

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 02:52 PM

Chuck, it does the job without a doubt and I thank you, but I wondered if there is a better process available.

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 02:56 PM

Besides a BS or router I’ve heard of people using their TS to cut circles. A Google search will probably turn up some examples.

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 03:02 PM

Thanks, again, I guess it is the band saw & router for me. :)

-- Art

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 10:27 PM

Maybe a bit late but…

I made a drum sander that required lots of 5” disks. Although I had pre-drilled a center in each of the disks, using double sided tape for a backing board should work as well. I used the same circle cutting jig on my bandsaw and combo belt/disk sander. I first cut out the disks on the band saw, then used my combo belt (120g) and final on the disk (150g) and got great results. The table on my combo machines moves easily between belt and disk. The jig was a piece of plywood, with a dowel for the center that was clamped to the tables of each operation.

-- Nicky

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 11:41 PM

Well.. How about cutting on the bandsaw, then use a flush cut bit with bering on the router table. This would entail another template a tad smaller in diamater. After you trim off the saw marks, use a roundover to ease the edges.

Very little sanding after that.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#10 posted 10-23-2012 12:02 AM

Nicky, this is a very intriguing prospect! I think I can make this work quite easily. I will see what I can develop this weekend and will report back if I am successful.

Mike, your approach might be a good fall back position if I need one.

Again, my thanks to all for the responses.

-- Art

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 05:52 PM

Here is the jig I made. Please let me know if any questions.

-- Art

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