Bandsaw circle cutter

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 08-31-2007 06:23 PM 5235 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This isn’t a new idea, it isn’t even my idea, but it IS a good idea. I used a Incra miter slider screwed to the bottom of a piece of 1/2 MDF. I drew a line 90 degrees to the slider. I set up a roller stand under the outboard side and turned the saw on. I then slid the board forward until the line was at the front of the teeth of the bandsaw. I shut off the bandsaw and marked where the front edge of the table was on the under side of the board. I then glued and braded a stop there. I just use a nail with the head cut off for the pivot point but you can get as fancy as you want.
To use this jig; cut a square at least 1/2 inch bigger than the circle you want. Draw an “X” from corner to corner to fnd the center. Drill a hole as big as your pivot point.This the hard part; getting the nail in the hole. Once the nail is in the center hole, slide the jig forward until the stop rests on the table edge. Hold the jig and pivot the work piece. Instant circle!! I can do a circle up to about 60” with this one. These 15 inch circles make up the base for my leather faced clocks. Enjoy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-31-2007 06:28 PM

So Tom, where is one of your clocks? Hiding projects?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 06:41 PM

Nise setup Tom.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 07:12 PM

Great description, Tom!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 07:16 PM

Tom, Thanks for sharing this method with us. It looks like it would be a great way to cut circles.

That is one huge band saw!!!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 08-31-2007 08:46 PM

Tom, nice jig. I have a smaller version of the same jig that will cut up to a 24” circle. Haven’t needed anything larger, but is isn’t hard to scale up. “Love to use jigs and templets.”

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#6 posted 08-31-2007 09:49 PM

Hey Tom;

Great tip; love that bandsaw.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 03-03-2008 10:11 PM

Thanks for sharing this Tom…finally I see something I understand and I even think i might be able to make one.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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