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Forum topic by runswithscissors posted 01-02-2013 02:56 AM 901 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 02:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw tablesaw scroll saw

My question has a couple of purposes. First is to inspire someone to design or invent a new tool or jig that will do something new or do it better. Second is to troll for ideas for something I might try to devise. Here are a few to start the discussion off:

1. Why have to choose between a right tilt or left tilt TS? Why not a saw that can tilt both ways?

2. Ditto for the bandsaw. How many times have you puzzled over how to make a cut that seems impossible? Imagine a long V shaped stopped channel (i.e. a “dead end”) that is easy to do with the table tilted to the right, but impossible to do from the other direction. I’m thinking the lower wheel could go way down low, then have the trunnion set up on a tall pillar. The better scroll saws already have this double bevel ability.

3. I’d like a small, hand held bandsaw that operates like a chainsaw, which is much more efficient than a reciprocating saw or saber (jig) saw. Unlike a saber saw, which doesn’t support a long blade well thereby making consistent bevels (or square cuts) hard to do. A long blade flops around too much. It would have a fairly stiff bar to prevent that. It would be useful for cutting long curves in relatively thin boards (1” or so) up to big timbers, such as boatbuilders might want to do. I have seen the Prazi Beam Cutter that bolts on to a circular saw or skilsaw, but the chain is too big. I want a narrow kerf and the ability to make fairly tight radius curves. The problem is how to make the chain.

Okay, your turn. What would you like to see invented or improved?

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 10:48 PM

A 1 1/4 hose that will hook up to my 2 1/2 ridgid shop vac. With no adapters. Just plug right in.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 10:56 PM

I’d really like a table saw that can switch from rip blade to crosscut blade at the push of a button/lever. Maybe something like a clutch transmission that can swap them out on the fly. That would save me loads of headaches trying to make all my rips first, and then all my crosscuts… I’m never that organized and hate switching back and forth and my mitresaw just doesnt cut it… accurately that is.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 10:57 PM

”1. Why have to choose between a right tilt or left tilt TS? Why not a saw that can tilt both ways?”

How ‘bout figure out a way to reverse the motor? Then you could just flip the blade and run the piece thru from the back side, thereby having an opposite side tilt.

Of course then folks would want to have TWO tablesaws, set up in opposites, so they wouldnt hafta change everytime they want the “other side” tilt. :-)

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 11:10 PM

They have a portable BS, it’s called a hand saw.

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