Creating round circles with a bandsaw can be difficult even for the steadiest of hands. But, if you need a project component such as a toy wheel with a hole in it's center, this circle-cutting jig will suit your needs admirably.
To use our handy jig to cut discs to near-perfect shape, position the jig on your bandsaw table so the center of the hole being used in the jig is directly across from the center of the bandsaw blade (we recommend a 1/4" blade). Without moving the jig, clamp a stop in the miter gauge groove directly behind the jig.
Use a compass to mark a radius on the piece of stock you need bandsawed to shape. Drill a hole in the center of the marked circle. Fit the square blank onto the dowel in the jig (the dowel size must be the same as the hole in the blank). Start the saw, and push the jig until it comes in contact with the stop. When doing this, you'll have cut into the square blank. Now rotate the blank as shown in the photo. Turn the bandsaw off, and remove the disc from the jig. Continue the process to cut as many similar-sized discs as you need.
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