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Forum topic by A10GAC posted 09-27-2013 03:27 PM 704 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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A10GAC

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09-27-2013 03:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing saw split nuts split-nut

Anyone have a method for removing off center split nuts without destroying them?

This is what I’m up against…the bottom split nut was cut way off center

The next question is: if it gets destroyed, does anyone have a good source for new saw nuts? Most of the ones I’ve found are going to cost more than I paid for the saw.

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#1 posted 09-27-2013 03:30 PM

I’ve been looking for a supply of nuts as well. The advise I got was to stock up on parts planes.

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 03:32 PM

Get a large screwdriver and do some filing and grinding on it. Make it fit the screw. Old timers that knew their business ground their screw drivers all the time. Easier than making new screws…...way back. Make it fit perfectly in thickness, width and all.

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 06:18 PM

Ditto on what Grandpa said, you can pick up odd screwdrivers at garage/yard sales fairly inexpensively and
customize them. Another thing that can work on those nuts is a piece of sheet metal cut/filed to the right
shape and held with a good visegrip.

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 07:33 PM

You can get cheap ones from Harbor Freight that you don’t feel bad about grinding and making into single function tools.

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 01:18 AM

Thanks Grandpa, that finally makes sense. Read a guy talking about sharpening screwdrivers, but I couldn’t find anything more about it. Grinding and filing until they fit perfectly makes more sense than needing to be sharp like an edge tool.

Oh, and that’s not so off center that it’s going to cause a major problem if you have a good fitting screwdriver, A10GAC. The garage/yard/flea market ones are the way to go. Find the $.25 bin.

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 03:22 AM

Here is one from Lie-Nielsen to show one approach. I believe Tools for Working Wood has a less expensive version but their web site appears to be down tonight.

http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?grp=1271

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A10GAC

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#7 posted 09-28-2013 03:50 AM

That’s a really nice handle on the lie-Nielsen, but $30….garage sale screwdriver, here I come. Tools for Working Wood’s site is back up, they have just the bit for $9.95, a better option, but I’ll still keep that as the back up plan.

Thanks for all the help.

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 12:31 PM

I needed a quick nut driver one day. I couldn’t find the one I’d made. So I made a quick one. http://lumberjocks.com/replies/654988

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#9 posted 09-28-2013 12:35 PM

Nice post and great information, which you have mentioned in your post.Thank You…

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#10 posted 09-28-2013 04:51 PM

I have been known to drill and tap a hole in brass stock and saw out a disk the size of the nut. Hack saw makes the slot.

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A10GAC

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#11 posted 09-28-2013 05:12 PM

Don…that’s brilliant, little did I know I have a sleeve of 100 split nut drivers hanging next to the bench.

Crank, I saw something similar to that last night over on the Norse Woodsmith site>> Poor Boy Split Nuts

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