Tested Tips for turners
Bandsaw small turning squares safely
Chamfering the edges of a turning square to get an octagon for ease in turning can prove dangerous on any power saw. This bandsaw jig supports the stock and keeps your fingers away from the blade. The dimensions for the carrier, as shown top right, are sized for a piece of 3/4"-square stock, but you can modify the dimensions to suit almost any size of turning square.
To build the carrier, cut the base and glue and screw the right-angle V-blocks to it where shown. Place the carrier jig on the bandsaw table, with the turning square sitting in the V-blocks. Position the fence and carrier, so the horizontal distance from the kerf to the apex of the V-blocks equals half the diameter of the turning-square octagon. Hold the stock in place with a small piece of scrapwood and push the turning square and carrier through the blade as shown. Cut along the length of the carrier base only far enough to trim the stock. Then, rotate the turning square and repeat the bandsawing until you've chamfered all four corners.
--Michael Locke, Huntington Beach, Calif.
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