$1.99 of Balls & Old Wood keep Saws up

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Project by NickyP posted 08-30-2014 08:43 PM 3275 views 26 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a rack for my saws and found a guy on the internet who kinda butchered his attempt of this one. I loved how it worked and made the proper modifications to get it right. The key to success here is to get the proper angle so the balls sit just above center. When you slide the saw in upwards then let it down the ball locks it in. The more you pull down the stronger the hold.

I squared up a piece of 4×4 scrap and sliced the proper angle on the band saw. I chopped my 4×4 loaf of wood on the miter saw into 1 5/8” slices. I glued and brad nailed the slices onto one of the sides then glued and nailed on the other side. I made the kerfs for the saws on the miter saw, setting the stop on the saw so it would not cut into the other side. I screwed on the top just in case I have any trouble down the road with the balls. I removed the balls, screwed the top back on, and went back to the miter saw to cut the kerfs for the saws into the top. I replaced the balls and mounted it onto a piece of plywood and hung it up.

This rack works incredibly well as the saws seem to just magically hang. I got the balls at Walmart for $1.99 and salvaged the wood from scrap.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 09:30 PM

Good idea, compliments.

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 11:22 PM

That’s extremely clever! Kind of a “chinese handcuff” approach, I think.
What are the balls made of?

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 12:35 AM


Great idea! What kind of balls are they? they look like marbles, but marbles might be too slick/hard to hold a saw blade. also, what is the angle? is it a 45?

Nice work, nice idea.


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#4 posted 08-31-2014 12:58 AM

Ball are made of rubber

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 03:42 AM

I’m stealing this idea. hanging up my saws in my tiny shop has always been an issue for me. I’ve seen blocks for hanging up quilts using this method with marbles or ball bearings instead of rubber balls, Never occoured to me to use it to hang up saws.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 07:42 AM

What a cool idea & virtually free as well. Super.

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#7 posted 08-31-2014 01:54 PM

simply ingenious! going to do the same in my shop! Thanks for the tip

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 02:43 PM

Very clever and well done. Great job. Keep up the good work!

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#9 posted 09-01-2014 03:29 AM

And rest assured, this method works for big saws as well as little saws too.
Dave has some nice variations here and Tyvek boy made a compact one using glue sticks in place of the balls here

I think the compactness can work against you over time, if you do a lot of sawing so I think NickyP got the perfect spacing on his.

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