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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-11-2010 11:48 PM 2663 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick weekend project – I needed a new blade holder for the scroll saw. I found a source online where I could buy poly-acrylic test tubes fairly cheap so I ordered a couple dozen.

Once they arrived I searched the scrap pile until I found some pretty nice pieces – nothing fancy though.

I clamped together the walnut and the Red Oak and drilled out 12 holes then shaped the maple piece. Wanted it to look decent as it sits directly above the scrollsaw and is the first thing you see when you enter my shop. The base is a lot heavier than it appears in the pics – not top-heavy at all.

Here’s a great tip – If you have to drill something like this with a bunch of holes that need to align, just clamp them together and drill through one into the other – only half the work, you never get tearout and all the holes line up automatically! :-)

Not too bad, if I do say so!

PS: I think this would also make a pretty good “shooter tray” at my next party – I’ll let you know! ;-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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#1 posted 01-12-2010 12:18 AM

yp Cheers
looks good

Dennis

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 12:28 AM

OK Bob, if you post a link to where you got the tubes, I may just steal your design. LOL Oh, and I want an invitation to that party.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 01:09 AM

I bought similar tubes for $4.95 a dozen at Sloan’s Woodshop (http://www.sloanswoodshop.com/scroll_saw_blades.htm)

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 01:14 AM

Actually… several boutique stores sell basically this with test tubes as spice racks and charge $100+ for them. So you could adapt this into a new age spice rack ;)

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KnotCurser

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#5 posted 01-12-2010 01:38 AM

Dan,

I ordered mine from http://www.testtubesonline.com (product numbers 207-0033S for the tubes and 210-0005NS for the caps). Comes out to $10.80 for 20. I can certainly vouch for the strength of the tubes as I accidentally stepped on one on the concrete floor – not even a noticeable scratch on it!

The one’s that Vincent posted are decent tubes as well – not nearly as strong, but I like the hangers in the caps!

Good luck – I am curious to see your design when you complete it!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Jim

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 01:40 AM

I found this source (if you can stand the neon colors) http://barsupplies.com/inch-test-tubes-polypropylene-p-1417.html

Definitely aligns with the “party shot” usage.

Jim

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#7 posted 01-12-2010 01:51 AM

Great idea. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#8 posted 01-12-2010 01:54 AM

Wow, thanks for all the links. Not sure how many I will need, I use pin and pinless blades as well as sanding blades. I am tired of rummaging through a pile of little plastic bags trying to find the blades I want.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 01-12-2010 03:17 AM

That is an excellent idea for scroll saw blade storage… I have been storing mine in little envelopes and writing the size on the envelopes. Your idea is much more practical. Thanks for all the links for the tubes also.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 01-12-2010 03:30 AM

Just a quick tip … I cut the blade size/type out of the packaging the blades come in and slide the slip of paper or cardboard into the tube to identify the blades in the tube. Sounds trivial, but makes it much easier to identify blades after several or more barley-pops.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 01-12-2010 03:44 AM

I’m having serious deja vu here. Has this been posted somewhere else before or is it just me?

-- Jim

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#12 posted 01-12-2010 03:48 AM

David Pruett / Folding Rule (http://foldingrule.blogspot.com/) had a scroll saw blade holder project a few months back … I think he used PVC tubes.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 03:51 AM

I did order a couple dozen tubes and tops. Will plan out my holder when I get them. Just got an idea, I think I will do a revolving carousel holder.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#14 posted 01-12-2010 04:42 AM

Another alternative is baby soda bottles (2 liter bottles that haven’t been blown up) You can get them at Steve Spangler Science. They are virtually indestructible and give a little more room. They also work excellent for holding small trinkets around the shop.

http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/product/1367

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 05:40 AM

Looks great and I like the poly tubes better than the ones I used and your rack looks surpurb!
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/10361

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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