Even a Hillbilly Couldn’t Use Just String, Plus a Jig

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 08-27-2012 02:56 AM 3849 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 15 plus years of use it occurred to me that it was probably time to get some of my carbide blades sharpened by my local buddies at Ballew Saw & Tool.

However, I had long ago thrown away the box my dado blades came in after building my Blade, Bit & Insert Cabinet ( ), so I ask the boys at Ballew if they had any suggestions. They thought it was great fun to recommend just tying a string through the arbor holes like a good Hillbilly and toting them on down for sharpening. I just couldn’t do it, let alone buy their recommendation. So I whipped up this simple and efficient carrier.

The first picture is of the newly sharpened dado blade with the top plywood cover removed. The second picture is of the top in place, being held by 2-1/4” carriage bolts and wing nuts over fender washers.

The rounded dowel used for the arbor holes is an item I use a lot in various jigs to index different templates to the master for routing a project. Long ago I’d devised a jig for quickly and uniformly rounding over dowels of any size by using a round over router bit which is half the measurement of the diameter for the dowel being rounded over (i.e., ¼” radius for ½” dowel, 5/16” radius for 5/8” dowel, 3/8” radius for ¾” dowel, etc.).

The third picture is of this dowel round over jig with a loose dowel in the jaws. The jig is placed in the vise on my bench and closed with the dowel flush with the jig top and then routed. The fourth picture is just a close up of the top of the jig. The fifth and sixth pictures are of the jig upside down to show the interlocking “V” blocks that hold the dowel when the bench jaw vise is closed.

Nothing fancy, but it was quick, simple and did the job without resorting to string. This post also gives me a chance to share my jig for rounding over dowel ends.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 03:42 AM

Forrest BladeRunner look out ! And yours isn’t plastic ! The dowel roundover jig looks pretty darn handy too !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 05:40 AM

i had no clue what the pics 3-6 were until i read your post. couldn’t even imagine what it had to do with saw blades
pretty cool

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 07:34 AM

I’m sorta partial to a 10” pizza box with cardboard separating each blade, but yours looks a whole lot nicer. Great job.

PS: You need to edit your post and remove the trailing “)” from your link.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 10:35 AM

Simple, and effective. Very good John. I’m laughin with rance, cuz the last time I took my blades to be sharpened, I used a Papa Johns Pizza box, and the sharpener made a joke about me bringin him some lunch.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 12:01 AM

Thanks to everyone for checking out this post. Hope someone finds the round over jig idea useful. I just wiish I’d thought of the ‘ole pizza box, but I’ll remember for my next blade sharpening so I can turn the tables on the boys at Balllew and tell them I’ve brought a treat for their liunch time.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 01:53 AM

That is a nice protector for the blades but I would like to see the sides enclosed as there is a danger lurking for another object impacting the blades .
Cardboard or foam in between is a must and a pizza delivery warming jacket would be a good gag for the boys at Blew.

-- Kiefer

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