Cut-Off Saw

Most of the raw material for my reels is round or rectangular section bar stock purchased in 1 foot lengths. To size it for mill or lathe work, I need a saw. While I own a Delta bandsaw, I prefer to reserve it for woodwork.

So I bought a handheld bandsaw from Harbor Freight and mounted it to a hinged frame of plywood.
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It would be better to have a metal frame, but my work is light duty and highly intermittant. Here you also see a drill press vise.

The saw is in my garage. Here it is ready to cut off an aluminum bar. The saw only runs when my hands are on it; no trigger lock, auto shut-off, or weights are required.
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You can see in this photo that the saw fastens to the hinged plywood plate with two frame screws and one U-bolt.

This is a detail of the U-bolt. A jigsawed piece of word fills the irregular gap.
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When trimming a short piece of stock, I put an adjustable spacer on the unloaded side of the vise.
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The vise will hold a round bar if it is long enough, but usually I clamp the round bar to a grooved rectangular bar.
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I can also hold short bars with my 4 jaw chuck. The chuck threads onto this fixture, which is in turn held in the vise.
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2 Responses to Cut-Off Saw

  1. fred balling says:

    sometimes necessity is a mother.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Nice one! We featured your homemade Cut-Off Saw in our HomemadeTools.net newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/buildthreads/rotary-mower-belt-sander-bench-block-enhancements

    Well done. This is a classic homemade tool technique – fixed mounting of a handheld tool. I hope we bring you lots of traffic. 🙂

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