Circle cutting jig for bandsaw

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Project by Douglas posted 12-29-2011 03:41 AM 13080 views 45 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to cut some 21” circles from plywood for a lazy susan cabinet for my kitchen project. I debated between using a router with straight bit and router base add on, or making a jig for the band saw. The band saw won out, mostly because I find holding down the workpiece for a round router cut a PITA.

So, I made this. I comes from some designs that I’ve seen here and there, and some commercial jigs I’ve seen as well. But, I didn’t follow any of those closely, I just picked up some scraps and put this together in about an hour.

It features an adjustable center, with a block that rides inside a shallow dado to keep it tight and aligned. At first I was going to drill some holes in the edge of the band saw table, but the clamps worked just fine, so I think I’ll leave it as is.

This one has a range of about 9” to 22” diameter. I could make a larger one for larger circles if needed. With my new Woodslicer 3-4 tpi blade, it worked like a champ. I’m pleased.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 03:45 AM

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 03:48 AM

That’s going on my favorites; what bandsaw do you have?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 04:13 AM

doncutlip: Nothing fancy: its a Grizzly G0555P 14” Polar Bear Series. I’ve had it for a few months, and love it. I just added the 6” riser block and the Highland Woodworking Wood Slicer blade. I resawed some 1 1/2” red oak to use as a strip to wrap around the circle shelf for an edge, and it went through it with no wavering and no problem.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 05:44 AM

Thats a great jig. Its in my favorites as well. I am sure I will need to build it before too long. Thanks for sharing yopu project with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 12:28 PM

Nice jig and good idea. I have the same band saw and really like it. I will be ordering the riser block this week as all my old blades are finally worn out and I can buy the bigger ones needed without wasting then ones I have now.

Would love to hear some demensions on this will be putting in my fav’s as well.


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 03:14 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention.
Great fixture and a whole lot faster, cleaner and safer than any router setup.

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 04:45 PM

Nice fixture. I’d like to build something like this too!

-- I make the best sawdust!

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 11:33 PM

Looks like a nice set up : )

May I ask why such a long center pin is being used ?
Example :
I use a pin that is only half an inch long. 1/4” goes into my jig and the other 1/4” goes into a shallow 1/4” hole , drilled in the center of my circle.
Maybe you cut several circles at once , and the through hole doesn’t matter ?

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

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 12:05 AM

Dusty56: the simple answer is, “that’s how long the nail is.” For the lazy susan, I’m cutting out a 3/4” hole anyway, so a long pin isn’t a big deal. But if I were doing a small table top, where a through hole would be bad, I could trim the nail off to be short like you suggest, and not go through the work.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 12:22 AM

LOL , ok : )

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

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 01:45 AM

Yeah, I thought that was a Grizzly. I have a G0457.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 04:33 AM

Very nice – thanks for posting this.

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#13 posted 12-30-2011 06:01 PM

Smart jig Douglas!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-26-2012 03:42 PM

Great jig. I’m putting this in my favorites. I’d love to see a blog on “how to”, maybe with some dimensions.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#15 posted 04-05-2015 08:15 PM

Good design. Since it doesn’t lay on top of the table it doesn’t reduce the saw’s total cutting height. Also relatively small so it can be stored and mounted easily when needed. And….I’ve got just the scraps needed to build one. Thanks!

-- Dennis in Kenmore, WA -- So much wood, so little time.

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