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Bolt cutting jig

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  1. lbhsbz

    lbhsbz Well-Known Member

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    Thought I’d share this. I originally made this to cut round things under 5/8” on the band saw. As soon as the stock spins, it tends to take teeth off the blade. I needed a fast way to hold things steady, repeatable length was a plus, and without damaging the workpiece.

    This thing kicks ass.

    When I’m working on a project boat...I never know what length bolts I’ll need because I can’t guess the thickness of the glass. I like minimum thread protrusion.

    I typically order boxes of the longest fully threaded fasteners In each diameter I need, then chop ‘em down to size instead of ordering 10 boxes of different lengths.

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    wsuwrhr The Masheenest

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    "Uncommon tools you use"
     
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    rivergames Well-Known Member

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    Nice! I've always used a vice, cut off wheel and bench grinder to round the end
     
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  4. lbhsbz

    lbhsbz Well-Known Member

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    I made a 1x30” belt grinder outta a harbor freight bench grinder, Camry timing belt idler pulley, a spring from an old harbor freight bandsaw, and a few bits of scrapbinium. Gets more use than about anything else in the shop. I keep an EXL (scotchbrite) wheel on the other end. 10 seconds to clean up a cut bolt and polish the end like it never happened.
     
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    wsuwrhr The Masheenest

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    scrapbinium.

    Noted.

     
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    buck35 Well-Known Member

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    I've always just put a nut on ,made my cut ,then unscrew the nut and clean up the threads. Easy peasy.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Waterjunky Well-Known Member

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    Between a nut and the head, you can grab them quite firmly in a standard vice and make your cut without fear. A little grinder work and then unscrew the nut, just like new.
     

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