When you're new to woodworking, it's so tempting to buy all the gadgets you see in the stores.
Trust me, I fell into the trap.
I've owned everything from wood threaders (basically, tap and die sets for wood) to saw blade height gauges, to fancy-schmancy push sticks.
After a while - you realize that most of those things are gimmicks - and that you can either make your own (much better!) or that you just don't need them.
In my last post, I completed a solid walnut stool, made with 24 staves. I ended up cutting a rabbet in the bottom, so a plywood disc could recess into the bottom. I will end up covering it in leather, so it can't scratch the floor. Sweet.
On to the top....
I laminated a solid blank of walnut - again, all this material was given to me and it's gorgeous. I decided to make the top out of solid wood, instead of upholstering one.
Hmmm... how to cut it into a perfect circle?....
Also - I wanted it to sit on top of the stool, so I needed to rout a lip along the bottom edge of the top, so it would fit in the recess.
Which takes me back to my opening comments - buying gadgets.
There are tons of circle cutting jigs for routers. Like this,