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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-27-2011 04:34 PM 4253 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the paddle switch of my tablesaw let me down, the price tag of a new switch initiated a brain storming in my head. Here’s the result.

Required material : electrical box, rocking ‘Deco’ switch, a piece of self adhesive foam (think window sealing strip), an approx. 3/8’’ thick scrapwood and a small hinge. Red paint is optional ¦:-)

I also replaced the toggle switch of my drill press with another safety paddle switch of my own. More pictures of this latter on this page of my blog.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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Bertha

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 04:36 PM

Ha! I’m glad you decided to post this! I like the bolded “scrapwood” ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bricofleur

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 04:40 PM

@Bertha: Thanks for your comment and support. Since this project is really dedicated to woodworkers, I decided to post it, and to be sure it will not be deleted, I bolded the wooden part. My next shopmade paddle switch will be for my lathe, then the next one for my main router table. In a long run, I should save a lot!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 04:52 PM

EXCELLENT design serge.

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 05:08 PM

thanks Serge for your post, I’m going to make one

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 05:38 PM

Nice! I think I’ll borrow the idea as well!

Thanks.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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steviep

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 06:00 PM

well, now I know what I’m doing over the weekend. Thanks for sharing the design.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 07:36 PM

Simple but effective!

Thanks Serge

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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mafe

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#8 posted 05-27-2011 11:15 PM

This is a wonderful clever idea!
Did I tell you I have two broken once now?
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 03:41 AM

Neat idea.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Grandpa

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 04:09 AM

I recently received a Grizzly catalog. I think it is all machine tools but it has switches in the back of the book. You can buy a switch that is 240V 20A for $15. Not putting down you switch because it is great but these are reasonably priced.

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Roger

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 03:48 PM

very genious idea.

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

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MasterSergeant

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#12 posted 09-15-2011 02:43 PM

Great idea!
The only negative is a safety; consider placing a grommet around the cable entering the metal electrical box. The saw will vibrate and in time wear through the insulation and you’ll have a very dangerous situation “at hand”!

I like the idea and plan on upgrading my Craftsman saw this winter.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Bricofleur

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#13 posted 09-15-2011 05:22 PM

@MasterSergeant: You’re right. Thanks. A rubber grommet will be easy to install afterwards.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Danpaddles

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 01:00 PM

Thought about doing this, but there were no two pole decorator switches at my bLowes. And looking at the price of a conventional two pole switch- I think it might be just as cheap to buy a knee switch at Rockler.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Bricofleur

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 01:11 PM

@Danpaddles: I paid $1 each for my deco switches at a local dollar store. If you can’t find any, buying is the only way to go! Good luck.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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