Bandsaw circle cutting jig and oak plywood chair bottoms

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Project by BarryW posted 04-18-2008 06:28 AM 11474 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend who recently did me a favor asked me if I could cut some plywood bottoms for his metal chairs that matched a small table he has on his deck. Sure, I said. That was two days ago. A little research in circle cutting jigs…some plywood…and I just finished his 15 1/2 inch chair bottoms. The first photo shows the glue up on the two layers of MDF that created a “dovetail” cleat to hold the movable board that had the center pivot point in it. The second photo shows the detail of the cleat. And the third photo shows the complete first chair bottom made from 1/2 inch oak plywood. These chair bottom should make the sitters comfortable and unafraid they’ll fall through the old rotten ones.
Picture 1. Glue up on two layers of MDF for circle cutter.

Picture 2. cleat to hold the arm on the bandsaw circle cutting jig

Picture 3. complete 15 1/2 inch oak plywood circle on new bandsaw circle jig

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 07:03 AM

Great jig action.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 11:04 AM

Very creative solution to your needs.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 11:54 AM

Hi Barry,

This is a nice jig. It was a nice idea to attach the arm with a dovetail.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-18-2008 01:36 PM

Sure is a hefty jig.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 04-18-2008 01:41 PM

nice jig Barry, Just in time too. I need to cut some circles on a mini bandsaw next week. thanks for the post!

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#6 posted 04-18-2008 04:38 PM

Looks very effective! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-18-2008 04:48 PM

Very nice ….
I have to ask that a Laguna BandSaw …I have not seen one ..and that Red unit on the blade is the guide for the Laguna ???
I am sure you love working with the Laguna …

Mike in Bonney Lake

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 02:46 AM

Thanks for sharing Barry.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 07-02-2009 07:10 PM

looks good . I’m always piddling around designing all kinds of jigs as much as projects . Go figure


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#10 posted 07-02-2009 07:24 PM


Know what I like?

Your confident, one-word response: “Sure.”


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