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#1 posted 10-11-2017 04:18 PM

Which router to use is always a tough question. For smaller sized work the palm sized ones are great because they are small and lightweight. On the other hand the larger routers obviously have more power and can take larger bits. My question would be what type of work do you generally want to use this for? Smaller work = palm router. Larger work larger router.

I use more of a tiered approach to this. For just a basic circle up to 27” I have the bandsaw jig. This is pretty accurate through the range of the jig and gives a nice smooth edge. If I want a rounded edge I take it to the router table after making the circle and finish it off. For a more exact perfect dimension I would finish it off on the lathe. If this is something in the field then I have a ready made circle cutting jig that I made to fit both the palm and larger router.

True this takes more steps but I have the time and the jigs are made so easy to set up and use. With the broad range of projects I do a one sized fits all approach was limiting.

Something to consider for everyone no matter what the jig you make may be. While building it keep in mind it needs a home. Whether it be a hook on the wall or a box incorporate this into your design. It doesn’t do any good to make one and then jam it into a corner somewhere and it gets damaged or forgotten when needed the most.

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