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Comfort by the capful

Comfort by the capful

Over the past several months, I've scrollsawn more than 30 Iwo Jima Flag Raising plaques for the guys in my Marine squadron. Each plaque has 132 internal cuts, so you can imagine the soreness in my thumb and index finger from loosening the blade for each cut.

While taking a break one day, it occurred to me that the twist-off cap on my plastic soda bottle fit my fingers better than the wing nut on the scrollsaw's blade holder. Inspired, I epoxied the bottle cap to the wing nut as shown. Not only is the round knob more comfortable, its knurled edges give me a better grip. A month after installing it, my thumb and finger have healed quite nicely, and I'm back at full speed.

-- Steve Manzo, Okinawa, Japan

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Comments (2)
NikjiJax wrote:

awesome idea!! thanks for shareing it!!!!

1/27/2011 03:19:16 PM Report Abuse
Brett St.Clair wrote:

I've used this tip on several different occasions. Not only is it more comfortable but, because of the larger diameter cap, it allows the user to apply more torque for greater clamping pressure.

1/27/2011 12:02:09 PM Report Abuse

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