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Best way to cut 18" hole??

SawbonesSawbones Posts: 31
edited 6:25PM in EGG Table Forum
whats the best way to cut a 18" hole for my MED BGE table?


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,290

    What are ya cutting?



    Caledon, ON


  • Steve

    I have my table top built I just need to cut the hole out for the BGE.
    The top is made of 1" thick cypress boards.
    I'm going to use a sawsall or jig saw just not sure the best way to draw it out?
  • 61chev61chev Posts: 539
    Find the center then cut a 9" string with a pencil draw you circle and saw with a jig saw
  • 61chev61chev Posts: 539
    Find the center then cut a 9" string with a pencil draw you circle and saw with a jig saw
  • i used my router with a homemade jig
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,288
    Prob'ly too late, but put a push pin or nail at the center of the circle. Take a piece of wire and wrap it around the pin. Attach the other end to the saw at whatever radius you're going for. No line to follow. Perfect circle.

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  • I use a short piece of 1 X 2 scrap, first drill 2 holes 9 inches apart to fit a finishing nail, now drill one of the small holes to fit a pencil. At this point tap a finishing nail through the small hole into the center of hole in the table top. Insert pencil in larger hole rotate and draw.
  • I use a custom jig with my router and straight cutting bit. I can attach a screw in my centerpoint, adjust the jig for the length I need and have at it.
  • SnorkSnork Posts: 15
    For what its worth, I would use a router and a rotary trim bit to cut the hole, then use a round over bit to finish the edge. I have used a home made jig that attaches to the router to cut various size circles, it is much easier and cleaner that a jig saw.
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