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    Jig for cutting circles on a Band saw.

    When I was making a 32" round table top out of 6/4 maple I made this jig. It is simply a piece of 1/2" plywood with a couple of pieces of scrap fastened on to fit the Table Top of the saw. I drilled holes in it so that I can make tope from 2" to 48". The holes are every 1/2" apart close in and 1" apart further out. I use a pop rivet to hold the piece in place and then just spin away. Works great for making blanks for the lathe too.

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    That is great Don, I wish I had a bandsaw that cut circles

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    A good jig and one of the more frequently used but there is a refinement that helps to cut perfect circles with less prep. The basic version that Don uses is good if you can make one of your edges already equal to the radius you want but the improved version lets you just get straight to cutting circles. I can't post photos because I don't have one as I pretty much never cut circles - but I attach a sketchup which shows roughly how it works.

    Basically the addition is a swinging arm and a stop. The workpiece is attached to the swinging arm as Don describes and the the arm is pivoted in until it meets the stop block. At that point the blade has cut through the workpiece but comes to rest at a tangent to the circle that you want to cut. Keeping the swinging arm against the stop block you can then spin the workpiece and cut your perfect circle.

    Hopefully somebody who has one of these for rea will chip in and help to explain my poor attempt!

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    Ian,
    The piece to e cut doen't neet to have an edges that is are equal to the radius. If the piece is over sized I put the piece on the jig turn on the saw and slid the whole jig onto the table with the saw running. It works fine.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Don,
    I like it. I can also see using a piece of T-track in place of the row of holes.

    Frank Chaffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Ian,
    The piece to e cut doen't neet to have an edges that is are equal to the radius. If the piece is over sized I put the piece on the jig turn on the saw and slid the whole jig onto the table with the saw running. It works fine.
    Good thinking Don - always more than one way to skin a cat!

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