Help cutting large holes in 2 1/2" pine

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Forum topic by alumitim posted 03-11-2015 05:06 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2015 05:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: large holes tip jig question

I am trying to cut 7 1/2” holes in a 2 1/2” slab for dog feeders (see my projects). The way I have accomplished this in the past is by several either forstner holes or hole saw holes. Can’t find a jigsaw blade long enough, and don’t know of another way to do it. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

-- Tim

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 05:26 PM

Make a circle template, cut with a jigsaw, out of ply. Use a 1/2”X1-1/2” top bearing flush trim bit in a router and finish with a 1/2”x1-1/2” bottom bearing flush trim bit.

That’s all I got.

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 05:34 PM

How about making a trammel jig for your router and a long router bit.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 05:36 PM

Remove most of waste with forstner bits.

As TheFridge says use top bearing bit to cut final circle, then use finished part to get further down without template, then turn over and use bottom bearing router bit, the bearing will ride on the finished part of hole.

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 05:43 PM

I’d just get some longer jig saw blades and use a circle cutting jig.. simple. I’ve seen 4 and 6 inch blades at the BORG, or you can find them online easily.


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#5 posted 03-11-2015 05:47 PM

Thanks guys I appreciate it.

-- Tim

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 06:00 PM

+1 to A1Jim’s suggestion. If you make a through hole for the trammel point you could come in from both sides and not need a long router bit.

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