Does anyone have any ideas on how to cut out small perfect circles — anywhere from 1 to 5 inch diameter — inside a piece of wood. The circle jig for my router that I have and ones have read about only seem to form larger circles. thanx.
There is a "Jasper" jig avaiable to make small cut-outs.
Do you want a circular cut out in a board or do you want a circular piece of wood? Any other details would get you a more useful answer.
Hi, I wanted small circular cut-outs of varying sizes in the boards of wood, which will not be circles. The jasper jig looks like it will work, but if you know of a diy-way to make this jig or a less expensive method that would be excellent. thanx.
I have a circle cutter, so I cut a circle out of a thin scrap piece of plywood. I fasten the plywood with the hole in it to my workpiece. I use a drill press to remove some of the stock, and then clean up using a router with a flush cutting bit with the bearing running along the inside edge of the hole I cut in my plywood. I now have a bunch of those DIY templates hanging on the wall and frequently find I already have one the right size.I admit I'm not wild about using the circle cutter, it is a little scary. The Jasper Jig looks nice, but it won't fit on the router that I want to use.--Whit
If you just want the hole, a hole saw is cheap and easy.
John D: I'am very surprised that in your quest for precision You would stupe to the very crude cut given by a hole saw or even suggest doing such a thing.
Now about the Jasper Jig, The small Jasper Jig will cut very good circles. Sized between 1" and 71/2" . It is a sub base that attaches to almost every plunge router out there. Suggest using a spiral up or down depending upon the application, and for sure a plunge router.Work Safe, Count to 10 when your done for the day !!
It's an alternative, depending on what you're doing. Without a more precise question, I thought the OP would get the most out of a range of responses, from which he could choose the best for him.
Believe it or not, there are some actual valid uses for hole saws. :)My goal is for my work to outlast me. Expect my joinery to get simpler as time goes by.
Another way and certainly a home made way is to make an auxiliary base plate for your router out of wood , use a pin or nail or the equivalent the correct distance away from the cutter to produce the size circle you want .
Find the center of the piece to be cut out mark it with an awl and index the pin and slowly lower the bit and rotate the router . This should do it depending on the size needed .
good luck I hope this helps dusty
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