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Forum topic by TheKingInYellow posted 09-15-2011 05:38 PM 950 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheKingInYellow

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09-15-2011 05:38 PM

So if anyone was following my new shop blog, I had an issue with the guide tube on my new Grizzly 0690 table saw, and had it replaced. However, I was sent an incorrect replacement first, so now I have two spare guide tubes.

Grizzly told me not to bother returning them, so now I either have to dispose of them or find a use for them. I’d rather not throw them out though, so what to do with them?

Basically I have a 60-ish inch and 82 inch tube of rectangular cast iron, roughly 2” x 3”. They are partially painted, but two sides are exposed for the fence to clamp on. I have no clue what to do with these things.

Any ideas?

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 06:42 PM

Yea… I have an idea…. If you cut or use firewood, stack the firewood on them, and keep the wood off the ground…if stacked right, you should get a 1/2 rick or less on there…...Hey….you asked…lol.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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TheKingInYellow

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 06:44 PM

No firewood here, unfortunately.

My only thought so far was to wall-mount them and use them as huge hangers for magnetic hooks.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 06:46 PM

will require additional work, but you can use them as a guide for a sliding table for the TS that would match your TS.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 06:51 PM

I’ve got the same issue with an extra set of tubular fence rails.

One possibility that’s bouncing around in my mind is a router planer sled. It will be interesting if there are other possibilities.

-- Joe

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 07:17 PM

Purplev,

That would be one heavy sucker…I can’t even picture that in my mind…..lol.

Joe: I know you got firewood…you live in Arkansas….. Everybody that lives here has firewood…:).

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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TheKingInYellow

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 08:08 PM

In hindsight, someone on another forum pointed out that they are likely rolled mild steel, not cast iron, and that’s probably accurate. They are straight, square and strong though.

Never though about a clamp. That would be one massive clamp!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 08:15 PM

these tubes are hot rolled steel. if you are doing panel glueups you can mount it on the wall, and use it as a straightedge-reference-caul-clamping surface to align your panels to.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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ajosephg

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 09:05 PM

@Rick – firewood?? you bet. Those rails would support about 1/2 week supply!!, LOL. Firewood is my backup heat to give the heat pump a break when its colder than 25 or so.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 09:14 PM

Try ebay !virtually anything sells there for a price.I do some machining and would buy them from you for some metal stock. Have fun ps I am too far away in bonnie Scotland .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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TheKingInYellow

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 09:16 PM

No kidding! I was married in Scotland and spent three weeks on the west coast for my honeymoon. We were married at Duns Castle. It’s such an amazingly beautiful country, we are coming back for our 15th anniversary. I want to stay on Iona again, and this time get up to Skye as well.

My last name is Gordon, and it’s easy to trace back our lineage to Aberdeen. Standing at the Gordon battle line at Culloden was just an amazing experience. My memories of your country will always be with me.

Back on topic: I have to say the Caul idea is really tempting! I could cut them to a good length, and since they are hollow, they’d be super easy to clamp.

I might just cut them down and use them for that!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 09-15-2011 09:21 PM

Hi King ! there are a few Scot’s lads on this site wish I had known you were coming I would have invited you and your’s for a meal etc anyway I am in Dunoon Argyll we had the Hunley American ship here in the holy loch andthousands of American sailors eher for nigh on 30 years now they have all gone home so you might know someone who knows my town. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 09-15-2011 09:28 PM

I’m actually in Canada, so no American connections unfortunately. This was also 9 years ago, before I started woodworking.

Our trip was mostly north of you, spent some time in Oban, and then some smaller villages like Tobermory and Ullapool. Still toast with a dram of Oban at every anniversary from the silver Quaich we used at our wedding.

I have so many pictures. This was before we went digital, so I came home with 30 rolls of film, well over a thousand shots.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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