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mklotz
10-22-2006, 05:44 PM
Problem: Cut a 0.25" slice from a piece of 1.5" bar that is only 1.25" long.

(I really am that cheap but in most cases it's a matter of the only piece of
right-size stock in the shop being a teensy leftover.)

Solution:

Get a 'suitably narrow'* old drill press vise, drill and tap it and mount it
vertically to a small piece of plywood. Add a little stop block at the right
spot.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/saw1.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/saw1.jpg.html)

Drop this contraption into the 4 x 6 bandsaw vise using the stop block to
position it properly.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/saw2.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/saw2.jpg.html)

Drop the bandsaw cutting head and saw away.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j234/mklotz/tools/saw3.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/mklotz/media/tools/saw3.jpg.html)

Actually, the pictures are set ups. I built this eons ago and have used it
happily for years. While I consider it a simple 'form follows function'
solution to a problem, enough people have commented on it that I thought it
might be worth passing along. Besides, I had the camera out and, for once, the
!@#$% batteries were charged.

This is an ideal use for those hopelessly out-of-square, porous casting
Chinese junk vises one can buy for a pittance at the usual suspects.

* suitably narrow means that the width of the DP vise is small enough to fit
between the saw arm and the blade. If you make one, be sure to check this
dimension first.

R W
10-22-2006, 06:37 PM
This appears a usefull device for holding short pieces for cutting.

outback
10-23-2006, 11:12 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v30/jglass/barfeeder6.jpg

You will never believe how much money I have made with this saw and bar feeder. The bar feeder was made with air cylinders and valves recovered from the junk where I work. It is controlled by an Allen-Bradely PLC.
Jim

Spin Doctor
10-24-2006, 10:12 AM
Just a question. In this particular case wouldn't have been easier and fast to just part the piece off in the lathe? Nice idea though.

snowman
10-24-2006, 10:54 AM
I like both of your gadgets. I will send you a self address stamped box for the trip to my garage.

OUtback,

Are you willing to take a couple detailed pics of your saw? I've had all of the parts to build one for quite a while, just haven't had the time.

mklotz
10-24-2006, 11:44 AM
Just a question. In this particular case wouldn't have been easier and fast to just part the piece off in the lathe? Nice idea though.

Perhaps in the case of the cylindrical stock I stuck in there for the photograph.
However, this works well for cases where lathe parting won't - e.g., flat plate.

brunneng
10-24-2006, 01:56 PM
That's a good idea. The stock clamp is only ever partially useful and always seems to need modifying.

Outback- How about a couple more pics of that feeder and clamps and some more info on how you're using it. I'm really intrigued by it.

Kevin

Scatterplot
10-25-2006, 05:57 PM
That's a good idea. The stock clamp is only ever partially useful and always seems to need modifying.

Outback- How about a couple more pics of that feeder and clamps and some more info on how you're using it. I'm really intrigued by it.

Kevin

Ditto. Looks cool, but not 100% sure what you're doing with it.