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I love routers and this elliptical router jig makes me love them even more. I’ve made countless circles with router jigs over the years, but this simple jig for creating a multitude of oval shapes is slick. Ovals are tough because it’s a mathematical equation to get the shape correct. While I love routers, I’m not so fond of math. By creating an elliptical jig you take the math out of the process and create smooth, evenly-shaped ovals in a snap. Make large ovals for table tops, or smaller ovals for cutting boards and much more. Watch the video below to see it in action.

We’re pleased to continue to offer great woodworking information from American Woodworker and to download a PDF of the article on how to make this jig, click here. For more information on making jigs of all sorts, just follow this link.

– David Thiel

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  • amoscalie

    OMG, where were you when I made an elliptical side table last year? I did all of the math for both the major and minor diameters and laid everything out. Everything worked fine, but your method sure eliminates the math for sure.


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