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Blog entry by jumbojack posted 11-23-2012 11:09 PM 1136 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just had a brillant idea. Gave it a try. BINGO. One of my minor inconveniences SOLVED. I had several braces in the shop. This was one of the cheap ones.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith



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jumbojack

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#1 posted 11-23-2012 11:12 PM

I will probably cut the top part off. I can not believe I did not think of this sooner. It really works well.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 01:17 AM

Now this is vintagely awesome. I know vintagely isn’t a word, but, for this fine apparatus, it is.. Very good use of that brace.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 02:43 AM

That’s great. On my bandsaw, I cut off the knob, and use a small pair of vice grips. It works well, but it’s certainly not as elegant as your solution.

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 03:44 AM

That’s brilliant! I’m thinking that this might also work well to adjust a router in a router table. Especially if you use a ratchetting brace! Well done.

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 03:50 AM

My router lift is a scissor lift. Artists use them. I have a craftsman table so it does not have the insert plate. The router just bolts to the table. I put the table on a piece of ply and the lift goes under the router. Each full turn is 1/2”. Works great.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 05-29-2013 08:25 PM

This is a great idea. I might try this on my lathe tailstock, to replace the crappy handwheel, for drilling.

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#7 posted 05-29-2013 09:31 PM

Hey Rick does that tailstock have a flat spot? The bandsaw does not take much torque but I ground a flat on the shaft. i would occasionally slip, but not now. I also cut off the top part of the brace. It almost looks like it belongs there, and works SWEET.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 05-30-2013 04:27 AM

No flat on the tailstock.

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#9 posted 05-30-2013 11:58 PM

i dont think the jaws of a brace will contract with enough force to do what you want.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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