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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 02-12-2019 04:48 PM 257 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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02-12-2019 04:48 PM

Peach Tree has there eclipse and circle router jig tool on sale for 50% off and vacuum base 40% off.

Debating if it’s worth the $100 shipped. It can make circles from 25” diameter up to 90”. Be nice to make circles a little smaller but maybe rigging something up and making a smaller DIY jig wouldnt be hard.

Anyone use these?

Be real simple to make some coffee tables etc or even curved legs and things. Doesn’t have to be a complete circle.


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EarlS

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 05:17 PM

The vacuum portion of the jig looks a little sketchy, IMO. If you want a circle or ellipse jig Woodhaven has some, Rockler, you name it, plenty of places to get them.

The down side to the traditional jig is that you have to anchor it to the piece you are cutting. The upside, the vacuum won’t fail part way through and ruin the whole thing.

I’d stay away from the vacuum hold down part. There’s a reason it’s on such a big sale.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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JRsgarage

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 06:01 PM

I have the larger Rockler unit that I bought to make some signs…works great but I haven’t used it since. You can use double sided tape rather than screwing the base.

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 06:52 PM

Hmm, I made one out of scrap wood, some drywall screws and a nail. So IMO not worth it, but YMMV.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 07:12 PM

I’ve seen those before at a woodworking show P Tree was at. They are not of high quality manufacture. Or as Earl said “a little sketchy”

This circle trammel is an easy DIY project. If you needed a stick on you could as JR suggested use double sided tape. Just Google “make a circle cutting jig for a router”, and you will be covered up with easy to make ideas, both print, and video.

I favor ones made of plywood for their easy storage, and strength. You can get a lot of flex with the rod style. Generally with these you drill the center of your cut out, so after you have your hole, the screw entry is either in the scrap if you just want the hole, or if it’s the circle you want, drill into it from the back side.

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Sylvain

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#5 posted 02-13-2019 02:14 PM

for small circles (from the bit diameter {then a hole} up to 280 mm diameter), this jig

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#6 posted 02-13-2019 06:02 PM

The jig I made is very similar to ‘therealSteveN’ picture. Instead of the long slot, I drill a hole for the centering pin to the length I need. quick and easy to make.

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