I am making a dog dish holder, and need to cut some 6" holes out for the
dishes. I have tried a jigsaw and hope to find a better method; I didn't
get the line quite perfectly. Well, not even close, actually.
I need to cut a few, so spending a few dollars is not objectionable. Any
suggestions would be appreciated. I mean, other recommending that I get
better with a jigsaw.
Well, I have a drill press but not a plunge router, so that might be a
solution. I am a bit concerned with just one cutter; seems like it would be
unbalanced. That is not a problem?
Actually I have one like it with two cutters, but it will only do about 5".
I could remove one cutter and move the arm over an inch. I thought being
unbalanced would be a killer, but will try it. Thanks.
A single cutter works fine. I hope you have a full size drill press. Run it
as slow as it will go. Clamp the workpiece securely (holding by hand is
HIGHLY not recommended). Also, use a backer board so the pilot is solidly in
something when the center piece is cut loose.
If you have a drill press with an appropriate low speed, there are fly
cutters available that can do this. Some of these things claim to be
useable in hand drills and probably are, but I have doubts about how
neat a hole it would be possible to cut in a hand-held drill.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf.lonestar.org
My suggestion is to stick with the jig saw. It's much quicker and you have
one on hand. After the rough cut use a spindle sander to clean up to the
lines. The bowls lips will cover up any small irregularities. Check out my
efforts on a similar project in abpw 1 "Dog Dish Holder .
I would use a router and a straight cutting bit. It does not need to be a
plunge router, a standard base router can be set into a drilled hole, or can
be angled into a workpiece just fine. Use a base template that is equal to
the radius and put a pin in the center of the "hole". I do this all of the
time with everything from ceiling tiles to plywood when mounting speakers.
Works like a top and is nothing but simple. Like everything else, these
things can be over-complicated.
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