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Well I have ben using my Table saw fence with a broken handle for some time and just never got around to replacing it .A retired customer stopped by on Saturday and he offered to weld on a bolt onto the remaining lever .
Well this was good news as the lever is very hard and impossible to drill .
Here is what I made in pictures from a piece of scrap lace wood a bolt with a cross dowel nut and ball bearing .

Made a blueprint ,always helps.
I cut the wood in half and made a saw cut in each then clamped the two half’s together and drilled a hole guided by the saw cut ,worked great ,right down the centre ,this was followed by the blind hole for the dowel nut and a test fit.
A little cutting to rough shape on the band saw with the half’s taped together and then the glue up right on the bolt followed by rasping and sanding to shape .
Now I got a handle and what a joy !

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 426 days ago

Nice handle. I may just go break my handle so I can make a COOL one like yours.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#2 posted 426 days ago

Ingenious, Creative and inventive! Job well done!

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

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#3 posted 426 days ago

Great looking handle—nice to see you’re jumping right into enjoying your retirement!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 426 days ago

Great handle!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 426 days ago

You make working art Klaus.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 425 days ago

A great solution and arty too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 425 days ago

Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Tom Godfrey

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#8 posted 425 days ago

Great job on the handle and now I know what I can do if my handle happens to break. Thanks for sharing. As for retirement you are going to love it, or at least I do. Retired in 2003 and its been good all the way other than some medical problems and I was working with those problems.
Two very important things that took me awhile to learn. Number one is that I couldn’t continue spending money when my income had dropped greatly. Second and most important was that I needed a job, somewhere to go every day and that became my shop. I get up around seven every morning and get in the shop about an hour later. I work during the morning until noon, depending on the weather, then eat lunch and take a short nap. Summer months I wait until four or five then back in the shop for a few more hours.

Every day isn’t that way, but most. There are days I cut grass, do garden work, and a host of other things that the little lady seems to want me to do.

BTW: I would pick up cans along the road before I would go back to public work. After writing this I think the best part for me is not having to deal with all the BS that seems to be everywhere. I don’t watch the depressing news, I don’t listen to all the problems that others have, other than my wife and I do that to support her and I know she needs someone to vent to.

Good luck and keeps us posted how your retirement is going.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#9 posted 425 days ago

Nice. Jazzes up that fence. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

View Underdog's profile


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#10 posted 425 days ago

For hard to drill materials I bought a set of Bad Dog drills. It cost me $90, but it paid for itself in the first month I had it. I made a bunch of thin parting tools from air hardening spring steel, and sold them for $20 each.

I can understand if you don’t want to spend the kind of money, but I won’t have any difficulty drilling such items again.

For the wood handle, a wood lathe would have made short work out of this task.

I like the sculptural look of that handle though. Isn’t it great feeling to customize your power tools with useful upgrades?

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#11 posted 425 days ago

excelent job, beauty handle

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#12 posted 425 days ago

That is looking good!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#13 posted 391 days ago

A very awesome solution and a great way to get a handle on your problem. NICE…!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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