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Jig Saw Compass

By: Joe Truini

Cutting an accurate circle in wood can be as simple as drawing one with this tip for creating a jig saw compass.

  • Trace the shoe of the saw onto a thin piece of board, and then draw a beam that runs perpendicular to the saw blade (we used a framing square), with the beam as long as the radius of the circle you want to cut.
  • Cut out the jig you’ve drawn, and attach it to the base of the jig saw with small machine screws.
  • Measure from the blade of the saw back down the beam, and drill a hole at your radius distance.
  • Attach this pivot point to the wood you’re cutting with a small screw and you’re ready to cut your circle.


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Jig Saw Compass