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BigSix
09-10-2009, 01:02 PM
I just recently built my first box.....although it was a badly built box(not properly sealed or straight cuts) it was quite a learning experience. I bought a POS black and decker jigsaw to make the baffle and speaker terminals and they were the worst circles i ever seen...... so now i decided to buy a router but unsure what kind i need... plunged?? fix base?? also what are some good brands and what kind of accesories do i need with it to make perfect circles????


any input is greatly appreciated!!!!!!


bigsix,

Supergumby5000
09-10-2009, 01:04 PM
might as wel get the plunge router over the fixed base, considering many routers can be locked in the "plunged" mode making it just like a fixed base.

I just bought a router as well, but havent had a change to play with it yet.

plugitin
09-10-2009, 01:04 PM
plunge base, and a circle jig (you can make your own) i cut my circles with a jig saw, just go sloowly

BigSix
09-10-2009, 01:06 PM
plunge base, and a circle jig (you can make your own) i cut my circles with a jig saw, just go sloowly

I think its impossible to make straight circles with the pos one i bought the jigsaw doesnt stay straight....

m2002brian
09-10-2009, 01:09 PM
you shouldn't have to worry about going straight, You're making circles.

iknownothin2006
09-10-2009, 01:12 PM
takes time my dude.....and whenever i make a box i got to lowes and they cut my circles out then i do the rest so advice for you make friends and wood shops

tRiGgEr
09-10-2009, 01:19 PM
I cut a circle with a jig saw in less than 30 seconds. Just follow the line...

You just constantly have to track the line turning the back of the jig outwards as you go... It's very very easy.

I actually use a rotozip sometimes.

BigSix
09-10-2009, 01:23 PM
you shouldn't have to worry about going straight, You're making circles.


What i meant by that as in a straight circle was straight cut from top to bottom ....the jigsaw is cutting circles but at a angle.....

tRiGgEr
09-10-2009, 01:24 PM
What i meant by that as in a straight circle was straight cut from top to bottom ....the jigsaw is cutting circles but at a angle.....

You need a stronger/newer blade, and to stop moving it left and right.

BigSix
09-10-2009, 01:26 PM
I cut a circle with a jig saw in less than 30 seconds. Just follow the line...

You just constantly have to track the line turning the back of the jig outwards as you go... It's very very easy.

I actually use a rotozip sometimes.



im sure i i had actually bought a decent jigsaw instead of black n decker then this would of been possible......anyone else ever use the same jigsaw and got good results????

BigSix
09-10-2009, 01:28 PM
You need a stronger/newer blade, and to stop moving it left and right.

so the trick is to twist it from the back???

Eddie Havok
09-10-2009, 01:29 PM
get a router and a jasper jig. best tool for circles IMO

tRiGgEr
09-10-2009, 01:50 PM
so the trick is to twist it from the back???

Yep. Kick the rear of the jig outwards from your circle as you go forward. Never move the jigsaw in a left/right motion as this will bend the blade and angle cut. Make sure you apply plenty of force on the jigsaw. Keep it pushed down in to the surface you're cutting to prevent any left/right motion.

mmouse57
09-10-2009, 02:50 PM
I sometimes use a $20 black and decker and can cut perfect circles i just follow the line :)

spltuscon
09-10-2009, 04:01 PM
If you want to do it right (and fast) get a decent plunge router and a Jasper circle jig (from parts express). Use a solid carbide upcutting bit (try mlcswoodworking.com for good prices). Best investment you'll ever make if you make multiple boxes and different diameter holes.

DBfan187
09-10-2009, 04:02 PM
ask flakko

DBfan187
09-10-2009, 04:03 PM
if you're having that much difficulty with a jigsaw, I'd question if you have the right blades.

justin smith
09-10-2009, 04:04 PM
get a router and a jasper jig. best tool for circles IMO

this, the model 200 is what i have i got it from parts express

sqhertz
09-10-2009, 04:09 PM
ive always used my jig saw. my circles arnt exactly circles , but the sub seals just fine and with it mounted , you cant even tell. i may order a jig for my router for the next box i built.
one thing ive always wondered was , if your supposed to go 1/3 of the way into the wood (3/4" mdf) at a time , do you stop , and readjust the router everytime you make a complete circle? :confused:

yota.coma
09-10-2009, 04:10 PM
I have a black and decker jigsaw. Worked fine for me, just took my time and followed the line

BigSix
09-10-2009, 04:11 PM
if you're having that much difficulty with a jigsaw, I'd question if you have the right blades.

I bought a blade pack when i bought the jigsaw...it said it was for woodcutting....I pretty sure I just lack experience and need to practice more since i have extra wood around.......

Goindef154
09-10-2009, 04:12 PM
im sure i i had actually bought a decent jigsaw instead of black n decker then this would of been possible......anyone else ever use the same jigsaw and got good results????

Black and decker and Dewalt are the same company ;). Try what trigger said and get a new blade.

phemps
09-10-2009, 04:13 PM
sabersaw/jigsaw works just fine if you your can follow a line

sqhertz
09-10-2009, 04:13 PM
iirc , 8-12 TPI is good for general fast wood cutting on jig saw blades. i may be wrong though. its been a while since i bought some.

dappa5
09-10-2009, 11:04 PM
http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv50/DAPPA5/DSC00878.jpgif you are that concerned get a jig