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March 23, 2012
The simplest improvement you can make to any Foley saw filer
You clamp a saw in the saw carrier in its approximate position. Then you loosen a clamp to adjust the saw, the clamp falls down, and you swear. Make the saw carrier clamps spring loaded and they will stay up by themselves (bottom photo). Use your cuss words for something else. Use a 3/8" diameter spring, cut it to about 1/4" to 3/8" long, slip a 1/4" flat washer and the spring over the carriage bolt as shown in the top photo. The washer keeps the spring from slipping through the slot. If the spring and washer create too much friction, shorten the spring a little or use a brass washer.