Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #1: My antic plans for the weekend........

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 10-31-2009 03:52 AM 1161 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am into “shop antics” this weekend, or at least I think thats what Mike Stefang from Norway would call it. One of Mike’s comments gave me that part of the title for this series.

I decided I was not going to use my TS (nearly 20 year old Delta contractor’s saw) any more until I fixed the on-off switch and position. You can’t find it half the time, and to look, puts your face in front of the blade. Bad deal. So I have pretty well designed my new switch… really didn’t think I would buy one, DID YOU…......

Had to make the cord from the switch to the power source longer in any case, and it needed a new plug. Put in a 12 gauge cord since I doubled the length of the old 14 gauge cord. I will have increase the segment from the switch to the motor a little bit tomorrow. Sometime in November, hope to rewire it for 220.

Anytime we mention wiring, safety has to be addressed. For those of you not conversant with wiring, consult an electrician, or a knowledgeable friend for help. There are a lot of ways to screw up, destroy your equipment, burn down your house, or endanger your loved ones. As I have noted before, I have been doing this for many decades, and have the background to understand what I am doing. And I always follow the code.
So please be careful.

But aside from putting in longer cords, my switch is only going to involve mechanics, no electricity… read on….......

So back to the switch. I looked at a lot of switches from retailers, and also mods from other users. I don’t like hunting for the on switch, let alone the off switch. I wanted a switch I could hit with my thigh or hand without hardly looking, and turn on without searching. Nothing out there seemed right. I needed a push-pull action. That’s a toggle effect. And this saw came with a toggle switch. So, why not figure out a way to use the original switch? You know, it might be a CHEAP solution…....

So I think I have it designed. In Sketchup no less…..needs a little work on the visuals.

So I am going to try it. Use the old switch. Throw down the gauntlet. Basically free.

I am going to make a first class switch for my Delta Contractor’s Saw out of scrap…...........

Boy am I going to be red-faced if this fails… will then become another one of my workshop antics…......(-:

More tomorrow…................................................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 04:22 PM

I don’t need anything like this myself, but it will be fun seeing how you do it. Good luck on your quest (or antic?).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 03:57 AM

Do you want close ups of how I attached the left side switch on my BT? My switch has been moved to the far left side of the rails by the sliding miter table. I LOVE where that is, VERY easy for me to get to..

I know the exact idea won’t work for non T slotted rails, but at least you can see what I used for brackets and boxes…

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 04:27 AM


More info the better. Have made the attachment to the Vega rails, but still have to do the switch tomorrow. Send it on…..................did you notice the double we had on drfixit…....I referred him to your website re the separator as you were saying the same thing….......HALLOWEEN…...for sure…..........

Yes, I want close ups….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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