|Project by Karson||posted 09-02-2008 10:40 PM||2944 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
You might have seen my workshop or some of my posts writing about my Table Saw. It’s a Fay-Egan 16” 5HP pussycat. It just sits in the middle of the floor and does it’s thing.
Feeding this monster can sometimes be a problem. The saw blades are not your standard blades. They are Commercial blades that are a lot heaver, thicker and expensive. If I see a blade that might fit, I buy it. I’ve bought a few at a machine rebuilders Roudolf Bass in NJ. They would buy entire plants going out of business and then rebuild the equipment and sell it. Their largest customer base was in South America.
Anyway they would hang on hooks in the back saw blades that came from tool rooms in these shops that they bought. I’d go through looking for 16” blades with 1 1/8” arbor hole. I picked up a few that way. I also picked up a couple that had 2” arbor holes, figuring some day I’d have a bushing made.
Well the day came today. I figured that I’d do it myself. I had bought a while back a small metal lathe and had not used it much at all. I went looking for bushing materials and I found it in some 3/4” washers that were case hardened #8. They had a 1 1/16 hole, a little small and a 2.5” outer diam.
I chucked it in the lathe and turned the center hole to 1 1/8” (Sorry no pictures). I then changed the chuck jaws and mounted the washer using the center hole to hold it.
I checked the hole a little later and the size was 2.004 not 2.010 as show in the picture.
I turned the washer down to the 2.004 size
I put the washer in the hole and tapped it flat with a hammer.
Fit like a glove or as if it was made for it.
The first one that I made had a blade hole size of 1.999 and the bushing was just a little loose. Didn’t want to fall out but could come out with sideways pressure on it. I used a center punch to put a dimple right beside the blade. I did that in three spots and it tightened it right up. Will not come out on it’s own.
So for $2.00 in washers (2 messed up because the hole was too big after my work) and 2 that fit. and 2 free saw blades that were given to the Mason Dixon Woodworkers by Sealy Mattresses when they closed up shop. I’ve got 2 great blades.
One rip blade and one triple chip blade that would be very expensive.
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