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Guide for router bearing to cut block pot

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Jul 23, 2019 - 11:12:47 AM
898 posts since 4/13/2017

I know that a tone ring makes a great guide for this, but i don't have one, nor do i plan to buy one. What else could I use as a template for the bearing to ride on to route this block pot out?

Jul 23, 2019 - 2:57:50 PM

2561 posts since 2/18/2009

You could draw a circle on a piece of plywood or particle board, using a compass or a piece of wood with two holes in it, and then cut it out and sand to the line, or you could make a circle jig for your router with an arm that extends out from the router base and a dowel for a pivot to cut a circle to use. Or if you can find a manufactured object like a bucket or a pot that's the right size you could use that.
Zach

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:39:27 PM

71 posts since 7/6/2019

They make low cost jigs for routers to cut circles of various sizes.

Jul 23, 2019 - 3:51:33 PM

424 posts since 4/13/2011

What Zach said. You’ll need to screw or somehow secure the rim to the template. I posted a picture of something similar in your earlier thread about this topic.

Edited by - Stephen45710 on 07/23/2019 15:51:53

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:17:44 AM
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since you now have a bandsaw, you can make a perfect 11" circle by clamping a piece of plywood onto the bandsaw table that has a pin exactly 5 1/2" from the blade. Drill a hole in the center of whatever you want to make the guide from and rotate it— you get a perfect 11" circle.

Edited by - Ken LeVan on 07/24/2019 08:18:06

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:08:29 AM

57 posts since 6/2/2015

I made a simple circle jig out of 1/4" plywood using a jigsaw. I set 2 mounting points for the inner radius and outer radius and then attached my router to it and in many passes cut a ring out a scrap of high quality plywood.

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