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By Stacey Olson

c-clips

I’ve always used old hacksaw blades to cut thin grooves for C-clips. It works, but I got tired of the blade bending or wobbling if the setup wasn’t perfect. Recently, I found some small circular saw blades that looked like they might be the solution to my problem.

I turned a simple arbor to mount the blade on and to clamp in the lathe’s toolholder. I kept it round so I could also use it in a collet, should the need arise. The setup is very simple using a saw blade like this. For very small pieces, all you have to do is eyeball one tooth of the blade to the centerline of the workpiece.

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Run the lathe at the same speed you would for any other grooving or cutoff procedure – slow. I was surprised at how sturdy the saw was and how clean the cut was for both grooving and cutoffs.

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