DIY Tubing Chop Saw (2017)
I wanted a chop saw for rough cutting steel bike tubing prior to mitering. It's really not very hard to keep a couple wood tubing blocks and a hack saw by the bench vise, but where's the fun in that? This project used stuff I had around the shop, it works great, AND it throws a badass shower of sparks. I removed the dust collection bag and the fence from a wood chop saw, replaced the carbide-tipped blade with a friction-cutting disc, bolted down an old drill-press vise I wasn't using, and machined interlocking aluminum v-jaws for the vise so it can hold tubing from 1/4" to 2" in diameter. It's loud and crude, but also fast and satisfying. It's certainly not necessary, but a cheap luxury in the steel framebuilder's shop.