I suppose a good place to start this blog is to list the materials I have been using and where I was able to find them. Some of the stuff is basic and some took a little searching. I will try to remember everything (it’s really not that much stuff).
First stop: McMaster-Carr
This is a really great website, if you haven’t spent any time on it, try it. It got me thinking of lots of new projects. Here are the links to the material I purchased from them.
saw plates- http://www.mcmaster.com/#shim-stock/=p51bdq
I purchased a sheet of their shim stock at .02” and cut it to my desired blade size.
I ordered steel, bronze, and copper. I have 6 of each at 1” x 12” x 1/4” and one piece off brass that is slightly thinner. It would be cheaper to buy the pieces in longer stock and cut according to each saws needs.
slot cutter- http://www.mcmaster.com/#slitting-saws/=p51ejw
I have been using a .02” slot cutter with a 1” arbor hole. The HSS cutter is reasonable at about 10 dollars.
I also ordered a few saw files from them because they were cheap, I am also quite cheap.
MSC Industrial Supply Co
Arbor adapter for the slot cutter to mate up to my drill press- http://www.mscdirect.com/product/08271058
It was the cheapest one I could find and works well. I had a terrible experience prior to finding this setup involving a 1/2” bolt and 2 large washers…it was ridiculous.
Bolt and nut assembly (I have also used some old Disston hardware with success)- http://www.winsorsaw.com/sawkitsparts/sawkitsparts.htm
I have done the carbon fiber backs using two methods:
1st- I got a 3” x 12” x 1/8” sheet from mcmaster-carr, cut it into 7/8” strips, and used epoxy to stick them together. It worked alright and is the back on my use around the shop saw. I have done a lot of cutting with it and it has held up great.
2nd- I ordered a few pieces 1/4” thick backs from a local carbon fiber fabricator. This method was much easier due to the lack of cutting and gluing.
I enjoy using the carbon fiber because of the way the saw feels during the cut. The backs are very light and rigid, I like the amount of feedback from the saw.
I think I covered everything as far as the materials go. I am hoping to get an entry put together, including photos, over the next few days. I’ll go into my setup for the slotting process.
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