The Circle Jig that Almost Works
Posted November 22, 2013
I had been looking around for a good circle cutting jig. You can find some good reviews on this jig, so I assumed the bad reviews are just from people who weren't using it properly. I was wrong, so save your money unless you are ok with not so perfect circles. I've probably cut at least 15 circles over the span of several days and I cannot get this jig to produce a perfect circle. I even contacted Carter, where they gave me a few things to try, with no luck. Now I have to decide to keep it for cutting bowl blanks where accuracy doesn't matter, or send it back and lose ten bucks with s/h.
I watched the online video, put...
Posted April 2, 2012
I watched the online video, put together meticulously, followed the directions exactly, and I got NO circles, what I got was a spiral, I thought the first time I had obviously not paid enough attention, then the second time same thing, then I disassembled and reassembled on the band saw and same thing, spiral, NO circle. What a waste of money. Maybe my stock was too thick, I'm using inch thick walnut. Maybe it's only for thinner plywood. Didn't say that, but I can tell you it doesn't work well for inch thick hardwoods.
I have been cutting circles out...
Posted September 1, 2011
I have been cutting circles out of plywood with my bandsaw using a homemade jig for years. Purchased this and expected for it to perform at least as well. Very disappointed with this product! Don’t waste your money.
I justified the attachment for cutting...
Posted June 4, 2011
I justified the attachment for cutting lathe turnings from rough stock. I also got a new Olson 1/2" 3 tpi blade. The piece of stock I was cutting is red oak about 5" thick and somewhat wet still. I had no particular problem with the supplied center as others have had maybe because the piece was heavy. The problem I had is the blade wandered and bound. Maybe the 1/2" blade is to wide ~ 5" radius ... or maybe it is too hard or two wet??? I will look for a more suitable blade. I also had to use a tool to tighten the wing nuts that attach the center to the bandsaw table because hand tight with the heavy piece the tool moved. Once I used the tool it stayed in place. So the jury is still out on thick wet wood???
As Don said, and others agreed,...
Posted May 29, 2011
As Don said, and others agreed, the product out of the box is not satisfactory. Not only is the pivot point too small for some applications, the point on mine was so loose it kept vibrating down. I ended up drilling and tapping another set screw on the side of it to hold it in place. The shuttle that holds it was also loose and "sloppy." I ended up putting Locktite on the threads after adjusting it and it now slides within acceptable tolerance. I wonder why these things have not been addresses by Carter after all this time? Nonetheless, a decent product once it has been tuned up.