No, I understand that. It's really pretty easy to do.
I'll try to recall the exact directions for coiling the blades that I
read years ago in a magazine article or maybe a book.
First - Stop at Walgreen's or some tobacco store and buy one package (a
lifetime supply) of pipe cleaners. Handy in the shop anyway but they
are great to keep the blades coiled in storage - easy on, easy off and
Second - Hold the blade out in front of you, uncoiled, with the teeth
pointing away from you. You should be grasping it around the middle of
Third - Twist both hands in opposite directions at the same time. This
will cause the blade to coil itself. The coils should be even but if
not, just loosen your grip and they will be. Tie off with two pipe
cleaners and lay them in a drawer or hang them on a hook.
If my directions are a bit off, just keep trying variations on it in the
way you twist the blade, hold it. It works like a charm. One of those
things that once you do it, it becomes second nature and you won't even
give it a thought.
That will work. You can make a series of slide outs, you can use vertical
dividers like on a desk, you can put them back in the box they came it (at
least for a while 'til they get ragged) I hang mine on a screw in the wall.
I do coil them, but if it is going right back on, I sometimes don't.
Once you've coiled them a few times it is very easily done. Intimidating
the fist two or three times. To release them, I just toss it on the floor
away from me.
I must add that I disagree with those who give the bands a toss to unwrap.
That is a good way to, in descending order of import, 1) get hurt 2) hurt
others 3) hurt shopdog 4) damage machinery 5) damage the band teeth. Better
to wear heavy gloves and carefully unwrap the band.
on 5/17/2005 8:09 AM Never Enough Money said the following:
You can do all sorts of fancy things with them but why? The tips given
here are, for the most part, from guys who've been doing this for years
and you see suggestions like "toss it on the floor to open," "step on
the blade with one foot and twist with your hand."
You coil the blade, secure it with the pipe cleaners or anything else
you choose or have handy, and lay it in a drawer. Compared to either
uncoiling it or re-coiling it according to the magazine article, just
laying in the drawer or cabinet carefully is not apt to cause a problem
well, you can work in the shop with a bandaged nose, Andy.. harder to work with
your hands all wrapped in gauze.. *g*
I noticed when washing up last night that I had a slight abrasion on my arm...
matches a 3 TPI blade, so I must of just lightly brushed the (NOT MOVING) blade
when I swept off the table...
Please remove splinters before emailing
I have a 1X2 upside-down J hung on a 2X4 in the unfinished garage
ceiling with 1/4" dowels out of both sides for coiled blades. Hung
above the bandsaw nacherly.
On 17 May 2005 06:09:05 -0700, "Never Enough Money"
Another way (and because I take Coumadin--blood thinner--I prefer to
wear gloves when working with blades of any kind): teeth facing out,
grip the top with the palm facing up. Place a foot on the lower part of
the coil and gently press against the floor. Twist the hand holding the
blade and push down gently. I use my left hand and twist to my right.
Tie off. I use shorts off #14 wire to tie it off, but pipe cleaners
also work well.
Toss on the floor to open, but use caution. I once tossed one and it
hung on my thumbnail as it left my hand. That's the primary reason I
now wear gloves.
Interesting. That's not the way I do it though. I was taught a two handed
grip and twist. I guess the result is the same. Someone should do a short
video clip. It would be worth at least 1000 words.
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