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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.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Ha! I'm glad you decided to post this! I like the bolded "scrapwood" ;)
 

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@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!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com
 

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

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

Thanks.
 

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

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Simple but effective!

Thanks Serge
 

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

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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Two pole deco switches? table saw is running 220-
 

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Now I understand your dilema. Mine runs on 110.

Best,

Serge
 
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