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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 11-18-2019 09:45 PM 835 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2019 09:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw scrollworking

Check out how this guy cuts a perfect circle on his bandsaw:

https://youtu.be/wzZFN4idKIs?t=940

(The router jig in that video is very clever too, but never mind that.)

I can’t even cut a curve that sharp on my Craftsman 113.24201 (or very similar variation) bandsaw. The blade itself is supposed to be able to do that – it’s 3/8” I believe – but it doesn’t.

Am I a klutz (don’t answer)? Is my machine horribly out of adjustment (I know about that famous bandsaw magician guy’s video)?

Or do I just need to run out and buy stuff?

Too often the latter is the answer to people’s questions on the Internet, and 9X/10 it’s someone justifying a toy they bought rather than the actual answer. :) But that doesn’t mean tools are without limitations, hence my question.

TIA!


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#1 posted 11-18-2019 09:47 PM

By the way, I have a scrollsaw and a new Bosh jigsaw that I could use for the same thing, but the reason I have the bandsaw is for convenience – it’s set up all the time unlike the others.

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 09:52 PM

By the by the way, he has a sliding table for his bandsaw, but he doesn’t slide it when he’s cutting the circle.

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#3 posted 11-18-2019 11:53 PM

You need a 3/16” or 1/4” blade to be able to cut a small radius. A 3/8” is too large a blade for cutting tight circles. If you made a band saw circle cutting jig w/ incriment settings. you could cut any size hole from say 4” up to 24 or even 48” circles. Go to my projects page and check out my b.s. circle cutting jig. There are many on this sight and Youtube…..! Look at the video again…..that guy is using either a 3/16” or 1/4’ blade…it’s hard to tell exactly….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 11-19-2019 12:02 AM

You do need a smaller blade as Rick mentioned and you can build a jig to do the perfect circle. His sliding table looks to be an add-on. I made a similar jig that does perfect circles of almost any size you want. Very handy.
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#5 posted 11-19-2019 06:10 AM

Great, thanks for the replies.

I like that circle jig, Rayne!

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#6 posted 11-19-2019 06:20 AM

You know what? I just looked at it again after watching the video about the circle jig, and I realized that the guy in my video has the center of his circle moored in a similar way! He’s not doing that freehand.

Okay, I feel less inept now.

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#7 posted 11-19-2019 04:56 PM

I forgot to post a picture of my band saw cutting jig I made couple of years ago. It’s simple, easy to use, and basically my own design…....here is a picture…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#8 posted 11-19-2019 05:04 PM

Another couple of pictures…I made a stop on the front of the jig to limit the travel so as not to go past where the band saw blade needs to stop…..!! The miter bar slides in the miter on the saw…!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#9 posted 11-19-2019 09:17 PM

Looks good, Rick – easy and

Yeah, I’m planning to make a simplified version of the jigs shown above (the YouTube ones). Yours is pretty much in line with what I was thinking, only I won’t use Al, I’ll just use a piece of scrap maple.

(My lazy approach to jigs is to make them functional rather than taking the time to be elegant. If you saw my crosscut sled you’d see what I mean – a piece of plywood on top of two hardwood rails, with vertical boards attached to the front and rear. No safety double wood where the blade goes, no fancy handles, no permanent clamping hardware… and I fully intend to be just as crude here.)

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#10 posted 11-20-2019 02:09 AM

Hah. I posted before finishing my sentence.

It’s the drugs. They’re really good.

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