Sawing Versatility (continued)
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14-38. Construcion details of a pivot sawing fixture.
cut circles on the bandsaw the same way you would cut any
curved line; but if you wish to automatically gauge the cut
or need many similar pieces, a pivot fixture can be used.
One that you can make is detailed in Figure
14-38. It is important that the fixture be situated so
the pivot point is directly on line with the tips of the blade's
teeth and that the blade be sharp and free of lead.
14-39. Using the pivot sawing fixture to cut a circle.
Take it very easy when you start the pass to give the
blade a chance to get into the cut.
way to work is to first cut the piece or pieces square with
a side-length to match the diameter of the circle you need.
Hold the workpiece against the blade as you press it down
on the pivot point. When you start the blade turning, it will
crowd the workpiece a bit, so you must be careful to allow
the blade to work into the stock. After that it's just a question
of rotating the workpiece to complete the pass (Figure
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