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Blog entry by Blake posted 2398 days ago 6790 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Somewhere, in some magazine (probably Shopnotes) I remember seeing a homemade version of the Carter Bandsaw Blade Tension Quick Release pictured here:

  • Does anybody know where that article is?
  • Can you scan and post the photo/description?
  • Has anyone tried this?
  • Does it work ok?
  • Is it worth the trouble?

The Carter version is about $150 bucks. I’ve reached my spending limit on my bandsaw restoration.

Thanks!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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GaryK

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#1 posted 2398 days ago

I know what you are talking about. I’ll see if I can find it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Jeff

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#2 posted 2398 days ago

I’ve seen one in an older issue of FWW. There is a PDF for it I think.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2398 days ago

Blake – I’ve looked through all my shopnotes and didn’t see it. Must be a different magazine.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Karson

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#4 posted 2397 days ago

I didn’t find anything on FWW web site.

But I found this

he referenced Woodsmith Issue 161 or e-mail him.

He also has pictures of the one he made Just click the first picture and then the arrow to see the next ones.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 2397 days ago

I saw it somewhere too. It was simple enough that I know you can make it with out plans, Blake. I’ve seen what you can do.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Blake

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#6 posted 2397 days ago

Karson comes through for me again. The link is perfect. I just wanted to see at least one homemade one (so i can dream up something better! ;) Thanks!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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GaryK

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#7 posted 2386 days ago

Well, it’s late but I found the magazine it was in.

Woodsmith

http://www.woodsmith.com/issues/sample/06-07/

Finally! It was driving me crazy!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Blake

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#8 posted 2385 days ago

No, not too late, Gary. I’m glad you posted that. It looks like the original reference for the one that Karson found photos of (his link above).

It looks really simple and effective. But in the mean time, I did build mine and altered the design quite a bit. I posted it HERE.
Here is the one that you found again for everyone else to view: (Left side of page)

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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