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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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11-11-2018 05:33 PM

Hi Everyone,

I am in the design phase of making a beer flight and I am wondering what is the best way of cutting half circles on the feet as you see below.

Usually what I would do is make the feet pieces extra wide and long and cut full circles out with my hole saw attachments on the drill press, then cut the parts to size creating the half-circle, but I want to maximise the yield I get out of the wood I purchased and dont really want to waste any.

Does anyone have a better way of drilling out semi-circles

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com


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000

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 06:06 PM

Band Saw, clean them up with your spindle sander.

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 06:06 PM

How many you going to make? Ruffly how big is that piece ? Radius of the circles?

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Snowbeast

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 06:33 PM

Clamp a piece of scrap to the outside ends of the leg and cut them the way you are now. A simple pine 2×4 will let you make a LOT of small scrap pieces for this at very low cost without wasting the good wood.

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 07:06 PM



How many you going to make? Ruffly how big is that piece ? Radius of the circles?

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-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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EdsCustomWoodCrafts

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#5 posted 11-11-2018 07:07 PM



Clamp a piece of scrap to the outside ends of the leg and cut them the way you are now. A simple pine 2×4 will let you make a LOT of small scrap pieces for this at very low cost without wasting the good wood.

- Snowbeast


I like that idea.. so the hole saw centering bit will track through the scrap and cut the half circle… great idea I’ll try that

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at www.edscustomwoodcrafts.com

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JADobson

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#6 posted 11-11-2018 08:19 PM

Make your blank twice as long and drill out the centre with your hole saw. Then cut it in half and make two pieces.

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#7 posted 11-11-2018 08:27 PM

Make two at once. Size your blank appropriately for double size and drill hole first then cut in half.

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#8 posted 11-11-2018 10:40 PM

Those last 2 guys got it right.

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