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Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #4: A little progress on the table saw switch

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 1728 days ago 841 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Nearly done with the table saw switch.......... Part 4 of Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... series Part 5: THE SWITCH - functionally complete, outstanding performance »

Work has been interfering with my life again….rats. Got enuf time in the shop today to finish the bearings on the switch. They provide the sliding surface for the dowel that flips the switch.

The bearings, and stops now eliminate unwanted rotation, over depression, or over extension of the switch. Meaning, it you can’t push it in too far, pull it out too far or somehow turn it…....all to avoid stressing the toggle switch. So just a little bit of plywood, the actual face that you actuate ( a 6” by 4” face ) which has to be actuated by hand or thigh, and then I am done. Really close.

Tomorrow is a lost day, work will consume it…....so to Friday…........

Darn, isn’t work to blame for all the opportunities missed, people not met, projects not finished, life not fulfilled…......

But it supports the hobby…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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stefang

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#1 posted 1728 days ago

I will be interesting to see the results. My electrical dreams include a foot switch for my scrollsaw. I haven’t really looked for one yet, but if I can remember it I will now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Woodwrecker

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#2 posted 1728 days ago

Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

And I couldn’t agree more in the way work seems to keep getting in the way !

-- Having fun...Eric

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NBeener

4806 posts in 1777 days


#3 posted 1728 days ago

Sounds like quality time, well spent (the table saw—not the job!).

After playing with the router table, a bit, I quickly figured out why remote switches are good things for those, too.

-- -- Neil

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dbhost

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#4 posted 1728 days ago

Darn that need to pay the bills!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 1728 days ago

Work:
My choices re work are to quit generating bills, then I wouldn’t have to work. Somehow, that just doesn’t sound like a good option. Or I could quit generating work, then I wouldn’t have any bills to pay, cause I couldn’t buy anything. Isn’t that double think?

I think it is all about bills, not work…....................

Mike:
I used to use a foot switch for my push-to-talk on ham radio, but I haven’t seen them around in years. Sounds like an internet search to me.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#6 posted 1728 days ago

I used to use a foot switch for my push-to-talk on ham radio, but I haven’t seen them around in years. Sounds like an internet search to me.

Pretty easy.

ANY “momentary contact” switch (of high enough amperage capacity) will work. Think … car horn button (aftermarket, from auto parts stores), then screw it into a ramped wedge of a box.

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1728 days ago

Actually, built a foot switch out of wood for a keyboard sustain pedal just like you describe Neal, I forgot about that. Still have it.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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