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Lucas Mill blades
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:17:14 PM »
Has anyone on here built their own jig for silver soldering teeth on a circular sawmill blade?
I have an older Lucas 8-20 and am looking at doing my own blade repairs since my closest "saw doctor" can't seem to get it right   arg-smileywhen I have taken my blades to him for repair. Any insights would be much appreciated!  :)

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Re: Lucas Mill blades
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 04:13:59 PM »
Bummer! That doesn't speak well.
I looked at the jig Lucas sells for doing it at one point but never got any further, my doc does a good job and tensions the plate cheaper than I have an interest in learning.
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Re: Lucas Mill blades
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 05:14:17 PM »
Their jig is a bit too pricey, I think it would be fun (and more affordable) to build my own, but need to research and get good information first.
What does "tensioning" mean?

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Re: Lucas Mill blades
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 06:21:35 PM »
Tensioning starts with flattening any high or hot spots then moving the metal in the saw plate to put the rim in a slight amount of tension so that it runs true. Not as big a deal with a small diameter blade as a large headsaw but it is still done right on down to tablesaw blades.

Here's a good article;
https://www.yorksaw.com/flattening-tensioning-circular-knives-saw-blades/
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Re: Lucas Mill blades
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2019, 09:15:35 PM »
Thanks for the link Don, that was very interesting. I suppose even if I am able to learn how to properly attach tips, my blades would need to be "retensioned" occasionally. 
If the guy (blade shop) was closer, I would work with him (be more patient) with the results, but he's a couple hours away and I have to drop off the blades and pick them up a couple weeks later (usually a couple months by the time I am able to get back down there).
I am kind of the "independent type" so figuring out how to do it myself will be rewarding. 

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2019, 09:50:39 PM »
I would like to know what you come up with, always been tempted to try. I'll try to get some pics and tips next time I'm down there. The shop I use is a bit over an hour away, in fact I keep forgetting to call to let him know those were my planer knives my wife left at the door of the shop a couple of weeks ago.
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