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Forum topic by RTim posted 11-19-2011 08:23 PM 942 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-19-2011 08:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware spring springs compression spring

I was leafing through an old issue of Shop Notes (#5) and I realized I could really use the Small-Piece Miter Box so I started building it.

I found all the hardware I need to build it except for the springs. None of my local hardware or big-box stores had the kinds of springs necessary. I found some on Amazon that were a good length and outside diameter but the wire size is too thick and my little gent’s saw cannot compress the springs with normal use. It will compress the springs if I press directly on the back of the saw but then you can’t make a cut so I’m kind of stuck.

Does anyone know of a spring supplier that sells hobbyist quantities of springs at resonable prices? Even 2 – 1” high springs stacked if they were 7/16” – 5/8” OD but only 1 – 2 lbs/in compression force?

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 09:03 PM

Why not see if Shop Notes has a suggested supplier?


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#2 posted 11-19-2011 10:19 PM

what about McMaster-Carr

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 12:10 AM

I had orignally thought of Shop Notes but they no longer carry the project parts kit and that was the only listed supplier.

I hadn’t originally thought of McMaster-Carr, but their springs are similar to what Amazon carried and far too thick a wire diameter for what this project requires.

Thanks for the idas though! Maybe I’ll have to email Shop Notes and see if they have a current supplier for the springs.

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 12:46 AM

I don’t know what sort of size you’re talking about, but try Wolff gunsprings. They have some general purpose packs. If not Wolff, try Brownells (gunsmithing supply).

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 12:54 PM

I was at some point hunting for compression springs as well, and bookmarked this page:
They have a huge selection, you can buy small quantities, but the minimum order is $40… not sure if that works out for you.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 01:40 PM

On page 31 they have a list of sources and at the bottom of the page is a mail order list of suppliers they used for the hardware in the projects they made in shop notes #5.

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 03:59 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions folks. I sent an email to Shop Notes and they actually still have the springs in stock…for $0.75 each! I ordered the 4 I need and they’re being shipped today. Once they arrive I can assemble the miter box and post some pictures.

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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