Shopmade Safety Paddle Switch

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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-27-2011 04:34 PM 7847 views 18 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the paddle switch of my tablesaw let me down, the price tag of a new switch initiated a brain storming in my head. Here’s the result.

Required material : electrical box, rocking ‘Deco’ switch, a piece of self adhesive foam (think window sealing strip), an approx. 3/8’’ thick scrapwood and a small hinge. Red paint is optional ¦:-)

I also replaced the toggle switch of my drill press with another safety paddle switch of my own. More pictures of this latter on this page of my blog.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 04:36 PM

Ha! I’m glad you decided to post this! I like the bolded “scrapwood” ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 04:40 PM

@Bertha: Thanks for your comment and support. Since this project is really dedicated to woodworkers, I decided to post it, and to be sure it will not be deleted, I bolded the wooden part. My next shopmade paddle switch will be for my lathe, then the next one for my main router table. In a long run, I should save a lot!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 04:52 PM

EXCELLENT design serge.

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Occie gilliam

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 05:08 PM

thanks Serge for your post, I’m going to make one

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 05:38 PM

Nice! I think I’ll borrow the idea as well!


-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 06:00 PM

well, now I know what I’m doing over the weekend. Thanks for sharing the design.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Kent Shepherd

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 07:36 PM

Simple but effective!

Thanks Serge


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#8 posted 05-27-2011 11:15 PM

This is a wonderful clever idea!
Did I tell you I have two broken once now?
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 03:41 AM

Neat idea.

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 04:09 AM

I recently received a Grizzly catalog. I think it is all machine tools but it has switches in the back of the book. You can buy a switch that is 240V 20A for $15. Not putting down you switch because it is great but these are reasonably priced.

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 03:48 PM

very genious idea.

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

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#12 posted 09-15-2011 02:43 PM

Great idea!
The only negative is a safety; consider placing a grommet around the cable entering the metal electrical box. The saw will vibrate and in time wear through the insulation and you’ll have a very dangerous situation “at hand”!

I like the idea and plan on upgrading my Craftsman saw this winter.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#13 posted 09-15-2011 05:22 PM

@MasterSergeant: You’re right. Thanks. A rubber grommet will be easy to install afterwards.



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#14 posted 02-28-2012 01:00 PM

Thought about doing this, but there were no two pole decorator switches at my bLowes. And looking at the price of a conventional two pole switch- I think it might be just as cheap to buy a knee switch at Rockler.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 01:11 PM

@Danpaddles: I paid $1 each for my deco switches at a local dollar store. If you can’t find any, buying is the only way to go! Good luck.



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