Circle Cutting Jig for Bandsaw

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Project by firecaster posted 05-26-2009 11:17 PM 11247 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw something similar to this online somewhere. I don’t think it was LJs, must have been one of the lesser sites. I didn’t have plans just memory. I also custom fit it to my old Sears bandsaw. I guess when I can afford to upgrade this will go with the saw.

The pivot pin can be moved from 1” to 30” from the blade. The pin rides in a piece of maple that I split partway and drilled for countersunk bolts for a friction fit. I forgot to buy knobs as you can see on the underside view.

The table is attached to square keyways molded into the bandsaw table. I use square head bolts and wingnuts for attachment. To hold the jig tight to the table I put a short piece of MDF under it and used a tee nut and eyebolt to pull it down. Tightening the eyebolt through the tee nut pushes on the bottom side of the bandsaw table.

I built it with 3/4” MDF and sealed it with several coats of shellac. The white dots are where I used water putty to cover the screw holes.

The dog stays in the way. He is a Treeing Feist named Shooter. The hardheadedest dog I’ve ever seen. The neighbors laugh at him saying he’s shaped like a pig but he’s solid muscle. He’ll chase anything from a butterfly to a coyote. If he hears me in the basement he’ll bark until I open the door.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 11:24 PM

these work great I saw Norm abram’s one and his is not as well thought out as yours it worked a treat so show us it working or at least some wood cut on it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 11:26 PM

Great Jig!!

I like the flexibility of the diameter and the fact that you don’t need to add legs under it.

Great Dog, too! (I believe my Basset may rival him for hardheadedness, however)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 11:43 PM

I’m glad you posted this because just last night I was looking at my band saw figuring out a way to make this type of jig. I like that you use the miter slot, since I was thinking of the best way to incorporate it into the jig. Nice work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 05-27-2009 12:17 AM

Nice jig, I wish I’d seen that idea before building my circle cutter.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#5 posted 05-27-2009 05:41 AM

Good job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 06:25 AM

Nice jig. Most of the ones I’ve seen have a row of holes to set the distance. This seems like it would limit the jig to only the pre-set holes. Yours is fully adjustable making it more versatile.

Great design and workmanship.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 06:58 AM

I really like that it is adjustable for any size circle too. Great jig.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 09:24 PM

There’s one that’s a little different in my projects. They do work very well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 07-15-2011 11:13 PM

I somehow lost my blade nut on my saw and have to special order it now! So, time to get down on the bandsaw… and I was thinking of doing this project and maybe head over to and make some non-table saw contraptions.

Thanks for the post.

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