Cutting Wood Circles With a Table Saw Jig

This inexpensive, homemade table saw jig will overcome the problems encountered in woodworking when you want to cut wood circles.

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With this table saw jig you can cut almost perfectly round wood circles.

Illustration by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff

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After looking at the price and quality of most of the new toys available at nearby stores, I decided that my whole family would be much better off if I used my husband's table saw to make some wheeled push or pull playthings for our daughter. However, I soon discovered that it's not at all easy to cut perfectly round wood circles for wheels!

At first, I tried using a jigsaw, but the task was both time-consuming and difficult. My next idea, slicing narrow rounds off of big dowels, proved to be quite expensive. It also wouldn't be economical, I decided, to buy large-diameter hole saws or circle cutters for this limited application.