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Project by Phil B. posted 01-12-2019 01:49 PM 1709 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will need a circle cutter for my new swivel Adirondack bar chairs, so in designing mine using various techniques from others I have seen, I settled on a T track system that will allow a longer track in case I need a large coffee table. Using 1/4×2” connector pointed end bolts from Home Depot and the self centering track washers from Lee valley, I cut off one bolt and added a slot….this gave me a perfectly aligned 90 degree pin for circles up to 24” before adding an extension. For through holes like wheels, I use the complete bolt. For cutting boards without holes, I designed adjustable alignment boards to allow for various sizes of 2 sided tape disks. You can make these longer if using a longer T track. I use my CenterPoint tape measure to locate the pin at half the desired circle size….no need to mark sizes on the sled. The T track is locked in place from under the sled, and allows for a longer replacement as well as removing the finished circle and taking it over to the spindle sander jig for finishing. The sled rides on a T track as well, stopping the table from tilting when cutting large circles.
I had used a old sled on the bandsaw for cutting logs and rough stock, and designed the circle cutter into a left or right cutting sled that also allows for many more options. The earth magnet stop block works well with it and the height makes it easier to remove. The fence is adjustable to 45 degrees allowing quick cuts for the pedestal joiners for my Patio Set as well as a taper jig for the child size chairs. I am working on a new drill press table, and the fence from this sled fits it as well. I will be adding 45 degree removable channels to the white circle cutter panels, to give me an adjustable log cutter for cookies.
This little ambidextrous sled will make my new bandsaw even more versatile than it already is….and no more clamps…LOL.

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3





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sras

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 03:20 PM

Nice job! You’ve packed a lot of features into this one.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Phil B.

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#2 posted 01-12-2019 03:25 PM

Thanks Steve….less storage space needed now, and no clamping.

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#3 posted 01-12-2019 06:12 PM

Hello Phil

Nice job with a lot of good ideas

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 01-12-2019 08:46 PM

Great addition and I would love to copy if I had time to use it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 01-12-2019 11:16 PM

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#6 posted 01-13-2019 02:28 AM

Wow, that is an awesome collection of tricks in one jig. Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 01-13-2019 03:09 AM

Thanks very much…finishing up the new drill press table and the bandsaw fence fits that as well.

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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#8 posted 01-13-2019 06:35 AM

Nicely done, will have to take some time and study this one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 01-13-2019 10:30 AM

Very clean work on that jig…looks like industrial made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-13-2019 01:57 PM

Awesome job on the jig Phil. I need to add this to my to-do list

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 01-13-2019 03:19 PM

Thanks Boys…..this will give me the safety I need as well, as I get used to the larger saw compared to the old bench top antiques I had.

-- Phil, http://www.plansinwood.com DWG files at https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheBarleyHarvest?section_id=13930514&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3

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