Saw Blade Keeper




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This is the new 10 inch Freud fine finish blade I bought for $2 at a yard sale. I want to make a blade keeper for it so I do not risk damage to a carbide tooth.

Near the 5/8 inch arbor hole you see two flat washers. Their outside diameter is right at 5/8 inch. Their inside diameter is just over 1/4 inch. They will make a nice center for the blade to hold it in place.

Step 1: Plywood Square

I have some scrap 3/8 inch plywood. I cut a square 12 inches by 12 inches. I marked the center of the piece and drilled a 1/4 inch hole.

Step 2: Attach a Screw, the Washers, and a Nut

I inserted a 1/4 inch x 1 inch round head screw into the hole. I placed the washers on the screw and added a low profile (thin) nut. I tightened the nut. The washers now center the blade and hold it in place.

Step 3: Make a Small Square of Plywood

I cut a square 2 inches on each side from some of the 3/8 inch plywood. I marked the center and drilled about halfway through the plywood with a 3/4 inch spade bit. This makes a recess for the nut on the screw so the surface of the 2 inch square will mate with the face of the blade and hold it securely. When you are sure the recess is deep enough to cover the nut, drill out the center of the hole to a little over 1/4 inch.

Step 4: All Done

Turn the 2 inch square over and place it on the screw. Add a wing nut and tighten finger tight. 

I could make my blade keeper more decorative by giving it eight sides or rounding edges, even painting it. But, it works well as it is, and my blade is protected.



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    Thanks for the idea Phil. I made one of these with a little extra wood on one end for a cutout handle. I have three blades out for sharpening so this will be just the thing to carry them when I pick them up.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Seems awfully involved for doing a job a scrap of cardboard would do just as well. I have a store bought blade tote and that was the conclusion I eventually reached. Now all my tote stores is the worst blades I own. Least it keeps them from my better ones.

    I will say this though your post has inspired me to put some drawers under my latest creation to hold my ever growing saw accessory collection in.

    This monstrosity:

    I can only store two blades on it as of now. Oh, and I picked up the saw closest in that picture at a garage sale, with blade attached for $20. But when I did it looked more like this:

    Some diamonds come rougher than others I suppose. I don't think you had to put all the work into your find that you did Phil. Now if you'd made a leather wrap for it out of an elcheapo jacket you'd found at another yard sale ... well, that'd be another story. Still excessive but I'd have been more impressed.

    I keep my Diablo blade wrapped up in an old terry towel and I feel I'm doing pretty right by it.

    Simplify, think differently, and keep the faith!

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    Phil Bpfred2

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Cardboard works. I wanted something with more power to endure over the long term. And, it makes a nice Instructable. As for a leather jacket, I do not own one and I almost never go to a yard sale. I was drafted to ride on a float for July 4. We were stopped right in front of a yard sale with about 40 minutes to kill. I wandered over and found the saw blade.

    pfred2Phil B

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well I'm drafting you to start doing the sale circuit. You really have to. I think it is as important as putting in shop time. Sales leads to stuff and stuff leads to projects. None of us survives in a vacuum and sales are the medium we acquire our stocks from.

    I just finished this project:

    I got it for $5 at a flea market. Though it didn't look exactly like that when I picked it up if you know what I mean. I have the eye. This turns out to be a good one. A North Bros. Yankee No. 993 Internet search it to see what I mean.

    Oh and for your next article consider this item:

    I got mine from the bottom of a box of random junk I bought once but it sure looks easy enough to make. Easy enough that is if you have the idea to do it. In a word it is brilliant. I use mine all the time! Just wrap your handle with electrical tape, that is how I got mine, I only dipped it because I had to use up some dip.

    Scrap of wood and a broken hose clamp band now go to it! And hit them sales. You never know what you might find or learn. Just meeting random folks has its merits as well.

    Phil Bpfred2

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I like the Craftsman table saw you found for $20. In about a year my wife and I hope to move into the home we purchased for retirement. It will have fewer square feet of floor space. We are looking to downsize a whole bunch of things, so we will likely be holding the yard sales rather than shopping at them.

    pfred2Phil B

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I do too, so much in fact I almost sliced myself open hustling that saw into my car. In my haste I'd forgotten to retract the blade. But it is the sort of thing that takes up a lot of space. You might just have to revisit this:

    I've used a scrap of plywood with a circular saw screwed to the bottom of it and it does work. I suppose if I had to I could setup a workshop in a closet. No matter how much space one has I think we all feel that is what we're doing anyways. I know I feel pressed for space in a 20x20 garage. I know I shouldn't but I do anyways.

    It is never how much you have but what you do with it that counts so the best of luck to you with whatever the future holds in store for you.

    Phil Brimar2000

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, Osvaldo. I have not tried the blade yet, but Freud is a very good name and an expensive blade at the normal price. It is so sharp that I did cut my thumb a little while holding it in my hands--not even on a saw at the time.