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Saw Frame Modification

by James Binnion on January 24, 2009

I was just looking at my bench and thought I might share a tool mod that I have been using for years, I replaced the thumb screws on my saw frame with socket head cap screws. This keeps me from pinching my finger with the wing of the thumb screw on the down stroke, it also keeps the blade from loosening up if you over stroke and hit the thumb screw against the bench pin or the work. Also it allows you to tighten the blade with more force than you can apply with your fingers which for heavy sawing with larger blades is a great  thing.


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Jason January 25, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Perhaps you could put a regular hex key on a tether of some sort, and a clip on the back of the frame to hold the key itself. That way the key is always with the saw, and it wouldn’t jangle around during use.

patpruitt January 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Kudos Jim, great idea, now you just need to tether that wrench down.

Jeff Demand January 25, 2009 at 11:06 am

Good theory…
Over the years my shops have gotten much larger. I have learned that a tool I just put down for a second is now always 20 feet away when I need it.


Jim January 25, 2009 at 10:07 am

That is why it has a great big blue plastic handle, so I can find it 🙂

Jeff Demand January 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

But one more wrench to loose in the bench clutter.


John Atwell Rasmussen January 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Great idea. So simple that you overlook it.


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