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Offline timbertailor

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Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:28 PM »
Those of you who own this router know that a circle jig is not offered by the mfg for this model router.

Most of the aftermarket designs I looked at required the removal of the base plate.

Not something I wanted to have to do every time I wanted to cut circles. Not to mention, losing my chip collector duty.

This is a very simple design, easy to use, and cost little to nothing to build. The block of Bubinga and Maple was left over from a project my dad worked on. Thought I would repurpose it. It holds the DP track up 1/8"off the work surface to prevent drag while routing.

I found this 1/4" SS pin with a threaded end for the pivot rod. I cut key ways into the pins to tighten and loosen them. I have several lengths for different thickness of wood. I can micro adjust with the Rockler speed clamps, to an extent. The clamps also allow me to cut even the largest of circles by simply swapping out track length or cut circles in tight spaces.

The dual purpose track was left over from my assembly table and router table project.

Hope you like this idea. I apologize if I have posted in the wrong area.

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Offline Don T

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2014, 10:15 PM »
You could have bought the MFS700 or 400 then you would have circle jig from Festool.
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Offline timbertailor

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2014, 10:42 PM »
You could have bought the MFS700 or 400 then you would have circle jig from Festool.

Festool could have made my design and saved the consumer $400 dollars to cut circles and still made 100% profit.

They make great tools but their accessory prices insult the intelligence of the average consumer who does not make a living at wood work.

For the prices they charge, everything should be made from aircraft grade aluminium, not molded plastic.
« Last Edit: October 06, 2014, 10:47 PM by timbertailor »

Offline fritter63

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2014, 12:18 AM »
You could also build one from 80/20 parts for much less. There are threads here on it somewhere.....

Offline Roseland

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2014, 07:06 AM »
Cutting circles is just one thing the MFS is good for.  I bought one a couple of years ago, thinking that "It might come in handy sometimes".  I now use it one almost every project I do, in one way or another.

For example, this week I built a lockable cabinet.  The cylinder lock barrel had flats on it to stop it rotating in the door.  I used the MFS to rout a rounded-corners rectangular hole that was a superb fit, and so much more accurate, quicker and easier than any other way I know.

If the MFS got lost or stolen, I would still buy it again even if it was more expensive.  And I'm essentially a hobbyist.

Andrew
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Offline epicxt

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2014, 11:09 AM »
+1 For whatever reason, I find myself having to route out rectangular holes of varying sizes constantly. Whether dadoing custom brackets into oversized beams or treads into stringers the mfs comes through with accuracy and adjustability.
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Offline fritter63

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2014, 11:13 AM »

+1 For whatever reason, I find myself having to route out rectangular holes of varying sizes constantly. Whether dadoing custom brackets into oversized beams or treads into stringers the mfs comes through with accuracy and adjustability.

Funny, I'm going to have to do that next weekend.

My "rough" beams for the pergola came oversized (they misunderstood) and immediately I thought "I can mortise that for the Simpson hardware with the mfs"

Offline epicxt

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Yeah, it's a snap! Here's one of my projects from the summer.
The sample piece of rough-sawn beam we got from the mill for the metal fabricator was undersized so all the brackets had to be fitted.
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Offline timbertailor

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2014, 09:50 AM »
Cutting circles is just one thing the MFS is good for.  I bought one a couple of years ago, thinking that "It might come in handy sometimes".  I now use it one almost every project I do, in one way or another.

For example, this week I built a lockable cabinet.  The cylinder lock barrel had flats on it to stop it rotating in the door.  I used the MFS to rout a rounded-corners rectangular hole that was a superb fit, and so much more accurate, quicker and easier than any other way I know.

If the MFS got lost or stolen, I would still buy it again even if it was more expensive.  And I'm essentially a hobbyist.

Andrew

Try cutting four strips of scrap wood into a frame. Done and cost me nothing.

Offline Roseland

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2014, 10:21 AM »
I've been there and done that.  Keeping it truly square can be a challenge, and when you want to change the size by 1/32" the screws keep trying to go into the old holes.  No, I'm converted to the MFS!

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2014, 10:36 AM »
Although I love my MFS, no need to run out and buy one just to cut circles.  Just buy a longer knob screw for the guide rail attachment and replace the one that is in the knob so it protrudes out the bottom as pictured.  Works great!  I bought some longer rails at HD if I want to make a larger circle but so far haven't used them.  Pictured is a lazy susan I made for finishing small boxes on.








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Offline fritter63

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 10:33 PM »
Jim, that is fricken brilliant!

Offline fastbike

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 01:22 PM »
A Jasper Jig also works if you're willing to drill one extra hole in the jig. No need to remove the OF 1400 base either.
I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

Offline ben_r_

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Re: Festool OF 1400EQ Circle Jig
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2017, 04:02 PM »
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I am looking into ways of cutting circles with the OF 1010 and/or OF 1400.

A Jasper Jig also works if you're willing to drill one extra hole in the jig. No need to remove the OF 1400 base either.
So a Jasper Jig only needs one additional hole drilled in it to fit an OF 1400? Is the same true for the OF 1010? If that is all it takes why in the world didnt Jasper Tools just include it to support Festool routers? I cant comprehend why they wouldnt support Festool in their "universal jig".
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