Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jig

bandsaw circle cutting jig

 Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jig

The circle cutting jig is a very useful jig to have around the shop. The bandsaw circle cutting jig will not only deliver a perfect cut circle every time but also greatly speeCircle jigds up production. The jig will allow you to cut circles of any desired size simply by making a simple adjustment on the jig.

The bandsaw circle cutting jig is a shop built jig which is easy to build and requires very little material.

Material For The Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jig

The jig is made from 3/4″ plywood kicking around the shop.

  • about a 24 x 24″ piece of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • Two 1/4″ bolts and nuts
  • one adjusting nut

Construction Of The Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jigcircle cutter construction

  • cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood about 24 x 24″ square
  • cut square in half
  • cut the two inside edges at 45 deg on the table saw
  • cut a slide with 45 deg sides to slide back and forth as a dovetail slide
  • secure a stop block across the front of the jig to rest against the bandsaw table
  • place a piece of 3/4″ plywood across the rear of the jig
  • a hold-down cleat is added to secure the jig to the bandsaw table or bolt directly to the bandsaw table
  • drill a 1/4″ hole into the front of the slider and install a 1/4″ dowel as a pivot point

Using The Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jig

To set the jig up on your bandsawusing cutter

  • slide the end of the jig over the bandsaw table, up tight against the stop
  • tighten the two bolts to secure the bandsaw cutting jig to the saw
  • slide the dovetail slide in or out to the desired distance required and lock in position with the lock nut on the end
  • when setting the jig up, make sure that the front of the 1/4″ dowel is even with the leading edge of the saw blade
  • place your material on the jig dowel to be cut into a circle
  • you may want to cut a small notch in the face of the material allowing the blade to get a straight start
  • slowly turn the material on the pivot and cut your circle

 

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