miraclechicken Posted January 12, 2015 Share Posted January 12, 2015 I'm putting this in the Metal category because it is a metal cut-off machine. It does, in a round-about way, relate to miniatures because I cut a lot of metal for my work and my dedicated rotary tool for metal cutting is really taking a beating when I need to cut something big like a large bolt head or heavy steel (for full size repairs/ projects). I have lots of these (Dremels and one is Craftsman) but I like dedicated tools. I am WAY too lazy to be switching this and that, dragging things over here for this application etc...so when I saw plans (and I use the term loosely) for this cut-off tool in one of my Popular Mechanics Encyclopedias, I wanted to build one. The heart of the machine is a circular saw, which I just happened to have an extra, and old B&D from a dear friend who is no longer with us. The plans in these books are very ummm skimpy, just a couple pages with horrid B/W pics (from the '70's) I think I spent more time trying to decipher what they were saying than actually constructing. Anyhow, I spent nothing $ on this Junk is indeed your friend! Everything was laying around in my shop.These pics are the frame. The saw is held vertical, nose down. This is the swinging work holder. You can see in the back where I put a cable tie on the switch to hold it in the on position. It will be run with a foot pedal. Then you make a shield around it for sparks. I cut holes in the sides for long workpieces. There are two flaps with catches that hook on the angle iron to keep it closed. Nothing fancy here... Close up. the flaps are open to show the work holder. I haven't got my abrasive cut off wheel yet, I have snow and tomorrow, ice....... I just put a 6 1/2" blade in it for a general idea of where everything goes. The real size is 7 1/4". Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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