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Project by DancingWood posted 979 days ago 2156 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It makes de-tensioning the blade after use a heck of a lot easier. It just presses on top of the factory knob (no fasteners). I thought I might need to add an eyebolt like this one. But it hasn’t needed it. I got the idea for the handle from here. The dowel is 5/8” that I had on hand.

-- Steve, Port Charlotte, FL





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exelectrician

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#1 posted 979 days ago

Simple sweet and not a permanant modification Good job.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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MShort

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#2 posted 979 days ago

Great idea. I hate those little knobs that you they put on the saws.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 979 days ago

GREAT !!! The answer to my prayers !!! Thanks for sharing!! My tired hand’s says Thanks!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Dallas

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#4 posted 979 days ago

whoever came up with those cheesy little knobs on a band saw anyway?
They should be resawed and kiln dried!

Great idea by the way!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Lewis Baumstark, Jr.

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#5 posted 979 days ago

Reminds me of this gem I saw the other day: guy replaces a worn-out bandsaw tensioner by 3D printing a replacement.

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting instructor...in that order.

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will delaney

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#6 posted 979 days ago

Great idea for on item to market. I will make one but if I was able to buy it for a few dollars I would. Thanks for posting

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DGunn

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#7 posted 979 days ago

Thanks for this. I have been looking for an easier solution for my 14” Craftsman bandsaw knob. This should be just the thing.

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ChuckV

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#8 posted 979 days ago

Excellent solution!

Thanks.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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ic3ss

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#9 posted 979 days ago

I’m doing this first thing after Christmas. Thanks Steve!

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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Paul Pomerleau

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#10 posted 979 days ago

Outstanding idea !!!
I love it.
Good job.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 979 days ago

I created a mobile cart for my bandsaw, located in my projects, added a custom light also in my projects which works awesome so why stop there, now we have an awesome new gadget for de-tensioning, thanks a bunch for this great christmas idea. :)

Randy

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DancingWood

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#12 posted 978 days ago

The end opposite the handle had a tendency to lift up so I added a couple of washers to hold it firmly to the knob:

-- Steve, Port Charlotte, FL

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woodshaver

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#13 posted 977 days ago

Who would think more great improvements would come from such a simple but very clever idea!
Nice update!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Billp

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#14 posted 977 days ago

Great idea

-- Billp

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mbfunke

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#15 posted 973 days ago

Love it, thanks!

-- Mike Funke

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