|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 06-04-2016 01:12 PM||1139 views||1 time favorited||22 comments|
I made this handle out of a real necessity. It is the tension handle for my metal cutting band saw. It is one of those saws where the blade takes a twist when going through the guides. If the blade is not tight enough, it gets derailed pretty easily. After about 3 derailments, I had to take action. My hands are so bad that I cannot grab things to tighten or open very well, so, like “hamburger helper” I made a little “handle helper” !!
It is made from a piece of 1” maple. I first cut a hexagon and bored a 2 1/16 hole in it 1/2” deep. Then , using the hex sides as locators, I milled in 6 pockets to house the original lugs on the round handle I milled a slot on top to accept the handle and then turned it round.
For the handle, I cut the piece at 45 degrees for strength and then laid it out and turned the vertical part and carved it to fit . There is a 44 mag casing in the top of the handle ( to cover the construction hole )!
It is finished with clear enamel.
This works so slick now and is painless. I also have my G0555 saw set up like this with an aluminum and steel handle.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!