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  1. #1
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    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY

    homemade bandsaw handcrank tensioner

    With a little help from a machinist friend I whipped this together tonight.

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    My friend had some spare stainless tubing that I used for the swiveling handle - I was going to use some spare 1/2" copper pipe. I threw a little caliper grease into the handle bit - just in case I get smokin' with the crank.

    It is a lot better than the little knob that didn't clear the top of the saw. And I spent less than $5 on it.

    My friend helped with the bending of the threaded rod by supplying an oxy-acetylene torch. If I were to do this again I would have a bucket of water handy to quench the bent metal in while it is still cherry hot to retemper it to hardness.

    Still, it works.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Looks like a very cranky set up to me. Should work just fine.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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