Table Saw for Steel or... How To Make Hot Pants

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Project by shipwright posted 08-10-2015 01:02 AM 7515 views 23 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an idea that I have had kicking around in my head for a while now but faced with the task of making four new sets of steel blade clamps for my four new chevalets, I decided now was the time. It is really no more than a mini grinder equipped with a cut off disc to which I have added an adjustable reference surface and a sled. It works like a hot (literally) damn.

I cut all these pieces in about a half hour. They would have taken me all day (and nearly killed me) with a hacksaw.

These are the new clamps. You can see the “how to” in this blog.

I designed as I built and the whole process took less than two hours. The best part is I used all stuff that was already around the shop ….. free!

Thanks for looking


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 01:14 AM

Gotta love a plan that works out. And free to boot!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 01:29 AM

Gotta love it when you build something “on the fly” and it WORKS when you’re done ! Cool beans !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 01:33 AM

That is one very COOL project!

Looks like you have a generic grinder mounted with a large blade…

Is it easy to adjust to get the blade square to the table? and SOLID so it cannot wiggle?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 01:34 AM

It looks like it works really well, Paul. Sometimes the best things in the shop are the ones we design ourselves. As always, great work.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 08-10-2015 01:36 AM

Free is a good thing. Saving a lot of manual sawing is a better thiing. Seeing your own design come together is the best of all.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 08-10-2015 01:40 AM

Awesome rig. Going to have to keep that one in mind.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 08-10-2015 01:43 AM

Hey Paul, very nice setup. I have a milling machine and a couple of metal cutting band saws but I still might put one of those together. Well done my friend.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#8 posted 08-10-2015 01:48 AM

Good idea Paul .
Keep the fire extinguisher handy those sparks get pretty hot and get it off your table saw please .
I wear a dust mask when using my grinder and I strongly recommend it because that dust gets in your lungs and stays there .
I have retired my hack saw a long time ago and have been thinking of using my tile saw with a metal top and I would have water cooling that way also .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 08-10-2015 03:32 AM

I like it. Some how it looks safer than those wood cutting table saws. Maybe its the teeth on the blade? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 08-10-2015 04:21 AM

Yeah. What Klaus said. Those sparks are flying gobs of molten metal. Please add something to arrest them. They go everywhere. Please don’t make me beg you. It’s very unbecoming. A flaming shirt is a very unpleasant thing, said the guy who put a metal-cutting disc on his Shopsmith once. Once.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 08-10-2015 11:02 AM

Great little tool.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 08-10-2015 11:42 AM

You can pick up a pair of pants which are FR rated.

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#13 posted 08-10-2015 11:46 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention and I think you have met that in spades; nice design. Not to add cost, especially since I am a huge advocate of free, but why not pick up a bi-metal blade for your bandsaw and save your shorts some heat?

-- Jake

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#14 posted 08-10-2015 11:57 AM

Gr8 fabrication Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 08-10-2015 12:06 PM

This great Paul.
I do not like working with metal, but when I do stuff like this is really nice.
Well done Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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