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Old 02-09-2010, 09:26 PM
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Default Nuther band saw mod

I was going through some pictures tonight and I came across pics of the vise modification I did to my 4x6 band saw last year. I use this mod quite often so I thought I'd show the pics.

It's basically a stand-off for one side of the vise on the saw so that you can clamp up short sections, it comes in handy when you have to scrounge in the scrap bin for that last piece of what ever that may be just long enough to finish the job.

Pic#1 I started out with a piece of 1/2" acme threaded rod and a nut.

Pic#2 I turned the hex off the nut and put a flange on it. Made a brass knob for the end of the threaded rod, and bored a hole in the movable jow of the vise from the saw.

Pic#3 I counter bored the hole in the vise so that the flange on the nut would take the load and still be flush with the face of the vise jaw.

Pic#4 I drilled and tapped the vise jaw for a set screw to hold the nut in place.

Pic#5 I kind of cut the picture off but you can see I have a real short piece of 3/4"x1" tube clamped in the vise. The stand-off screw keeps the vise jaw from pivoting and keeps pressure on the piece in the vise.

I guess you could just drill and tap the vise jaw and use a bolt or piece of threaded rod to do the same thing but you get the idea.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:46 PM
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I just drilled and tapped the jaw on mine and use a 1/2" bolt, it works, but your's looks a lot better......
I also drilled a hole in the lower casting and use one of the Vice Grip style drill press clamps, sometimes instead of, sometimes in addition to the vise. I actually use the drill press clamp more than I do the vise on my saw.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:39 PM
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And, those pictures are very well done as far as I am concerned.

Thank you

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Old 02-10-2010, 12:59 AM
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Using an acme thread is great idea, Mac. I did the 1/2" bolt method on the old Johnson saw in the toolroom where I used to work and it took forever to adjust it. The acme thread is much coarser and no doubt, a lot faster. I've got some old scissor jacks around that are too shakey to trust on a car but, the acme screws are still good. I think I'll dig one out and see what I can do on my 4 X 6. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:22 PM
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I have used milling clamps in my H/V for years... The T-nut slips right into the slot for the clamp slider

With the milling clamp I knocked the corners off this stack in less then 10 minutes...

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Old 02-10-2010, 08:07 PM
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:33 AM
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Real nice rmack. I'll be adding that to the "I wanna be like rmack bandsaw collection" for sure!
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