1028Re: Sawsmith glide rail
- Apr 4 6:21 PMOn 4/4/2010 7:09 PM, djwatts40 wrote:
>Thanks, the rod on mine was 3/8" also. I used some of the zinc plated
> Not much of a problem. The rod is 3/8" on mine and probably on all, but
> check to make double sure. The only hard part is getting the holes
> exactly the right size and exactly the right spacing. Use a V-block to
> accurately drill the first hole centered in the bar at the same
> distance from the end as in the original; then use a long roll pin to
> pin the old and new rods together. Clamp the two rods together in a
> vise so they cannot wander side to side and drill the new rod through
> the hole in the old rod. Cut the rod to match the old rod length and
> you should have a perfect new rod. Check that everything lines up and
> make the second one the same way.
> If you have a good enough drill stainless steel would be ideal. Chrome
> plated would be my second choice, but any steel will work. 1045 steel
> is good quality and 1095 is better. I would NOT use the cheap Chinese
> crap that most home centers and hardware stores now carry if you want it
> to last.
hardware store crap for a test run and will replace them when I can get
my hands on some quality steel. I drilled the holes exactly as you
wrote, pinned, clamped and used a drill press and vice for the second
hole. Are the rails supposed to have a slight outward bow or fit tight
to the arm? My drilling was accurate and both rails have the same
slight bow that made it a challenge driving the second roll pin home.
Do I need to adjust hole spacing on the final set of rails ?
Not sure if I will use stainless or the carbon steels but I will have to
make a trip to Rose Metals up in Springfield, Missouri to get anything
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