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Blog entry by rance posted 06-29-2012 09:14 PM 2533 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine lets me use his shop. One of the first things that I did was fashion a paddle for the On/Off switch. Here’s a general picture of the switch on his TS:

Feel free to ignore that electrical tape holding the front cover on. :) Hey, it works.

A hole is needed to access the ON switch without raising the paddle. And a finger joint type of hinge:

A side view of how it was mounted underneath the table top. I began with a 2×4 screwed in place from the edges of the table. Simply drill for a sheetrock screw for the hinge pins.

I’m certainly not the first to do this mod. Not the last either.

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



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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 10:00 PM

If it works, that’s all that matters.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 11:18 PM

I have a similar set-up…beats the heck out of trying to find that little button in a hurry !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Roger

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 11:51 PM

A good flapper is well worth it. Nice setup

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

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 12:33 AM

Good job Rance. Not to disparage your switch mounting hardware, but next time you might consider duct tape, it doesn’t stretch as much and comes in a variety of colors.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 02:07 AM

That looks very functional and much safer. I’ve been contemplating how to do one of these for my big bandsaw but haven’t come up with a plan yet. You need to do one of those sketch up thingys for me! My switch isn’t under the table (see Grizz 17” extreme series bandsaw). I know; I should do one of those blue link thingys but I’m still working on that skill! LOL

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 06:23 AM

No problem Greg. I like the color idea. :)

Andy, I’ve tried to find your Grizz BS but am not able to. Is it one of your projects? Which page? You show me the saw and I’ll help you with the design.

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

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rowdy

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 01:18 PM

Rance, here is a link to the knee kick switch I made a while back for my Grizz TS: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/21811. What I like about this design is that I can turn the saw off from anywhere along the operator’s side of the saw with either knee. And I found a convenient couple of bolts that I could use to attach the swinging assembly to the rail. So no major modifications were required. And by the way, thanks for the comments about the box. Those were well received as Christmas gifts!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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rance

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 12:30 AM

rowdy-Yeah, I was rooting around last night and ran across that again. A nice fix. A pic & a link for others to see:

I like the fact that it can be activated at any position across the front. Extra safety points for that. Looks like the same exact saw too except for the fence rail.

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

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rance

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 02:26 AM

Andy, here’s a couple of pics that might help:

You can see the hole to access the On button. You can also see the small block that can be used to press the Off switch if necessary. For the hinge pins, you could actually use the type of hinges on your recent boxes.

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

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