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johnintecumseh

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04-03-2013 08:44 PM

Has anyone made “thin” parting tools from sawall blades are they rigid enough thanks for the help. keep smiling John

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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 08:52 PM

Yes I made one from a Dewalt rescue, sawzall blade and it works very well. I barely use my regular parting tool since I made it. It doesn’t flex if you keep it at right angles to the turning and firmly on the tool rest.

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 09:20 PM

Yeah I made one from a Freud sawzall blade. It works well on pieces 3” or less. You can also use edger blades, which should be a bit sturdier.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 02:18 AM

I didn’t make an actual tool but tested a cut Dewalt blade and it works but dulls quickly. I didn’t heat treat but maybe I’ll need to if I made a real one. How did others do theirs?

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murch

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 06:40 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/78837

Made one from a broken scissors and a branch. Works fine. Never buy what you can make.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 12:34 PM

I wonder if the folks at Milwaukee Tools get frustrated by people calling other brands of reciprocal saws “SawzAll”.

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 02:49 PM

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Bill White

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 02:55 PM

What Crank said, and Skil saw, Weed eater, etc.
Bill

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Kreegan

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 02:55 PM

I just used a blade like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-Diablo-Bi-Metal-Reciprocating-Blade/dp/B0051YY7TA

I didn’t heat treat it. I stripped all the paint off as well. After I’d shaped it, I just touch it up on my diamond stones. I sharpen my lathe chisels after every 2 or 3 turnings that I use them, depending on the type of wood.

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 04:27 PM

Not sure how thin you need to go, but I made one like Captain Eddie’s using an Ace hardware replacement lawn edger blade.

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William

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 01:21 PM

I made one out of a mystery blade. It was a blade that I’d used so much that the paint was gone and I can’t remember what it was originally. I love mine and never touch the diamond shaped parting tool anymore, because I hated it to begin with.

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rkober

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 02:56 PM

I made one out of a section bandmill blade. Works great.

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mtenterprises

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 12:06 AM

I have been thinking about this topic since it was posted. I too needed a thin parting tool but I didn’t really want to work real hard at it. But today I was dumpster diving and found a table knife (not a butter knife) and I thought to myself I wonder if this will work for a parting tool, table stainless is pretty good steel. So off to the shop. First I cut the round end off at what looked like a good angle then I ground the top and bottom edges parallel giving me a nice sharp point like a metal lathe cutoff tool. I think I got lucky on this knife since the top edge measures about 0.055” and the bottom edge is about 0.035” so no taper grinding needed. Tested it out in some 1 1/4” dia. black walnut and it worked just fine. So you might want to try out this idea but WARNING DO NOT USE YOUR WIFES TABLEWARE unless you want to be singing saprano the rest of your life. I know that you can get 3 for a buck at some dollar stores. Oh and as for the handle well it comes with one already attached, mine has a fancy rose swirlie pattern.
MIKE

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