Woodworking Accessories Alternatives #4: Old dull hacksaw blade

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Blog entry by steliart posted 02-09-2011 04:31 PM 2950 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Your old hacksaw dull blades can still be very useful and come in handy when you building a workshop helper.
Like in this case in my workshop notes caddy (look it up in my Projects), I used a piece of an old hacksaw blade for cutting paper. Another use for them will be for cutting sandpaper etc.

So don’t throw them away, keep them in a draw and one day you will need them.


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 05:01 PM

Nice use of the old blade. I have also seen some postings that include grinding them into carving and marking knives. I also seen one project where an old blade was attached to a wood block to use as a trimmer for dowel plugs. Thanks for sharing the ingenuity.


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#2 posted 02-09-2011 05:35 PM

These work well. I mounted one on my sharpening station so I can quickly get the right width for new pieces of sandpaper to mount on the glass.

I find it works best to slide the sandpaper in abrasive side down so it cuts the paper side first. The cut is less ragged.

I am planing to mount a couple of them together to make a narrow rasp with wide sides to register against a surface…just haven’t done it yet.

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