Friday, March 17, 2017

Saw Chain Dipper (w/pic)

I was tempted to entitle this post “home-made chain hoist,” but that seemed a bit TOO ornery. Even with the current title, a few of you are probably reading this merely out of curiosity. I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to degrease my saw chains before filing them, and then re-oil them afterward. I needed some way to dip them without getting my fingers in the stuff, and a coat hanger seemed just SO gauche, so I came up with this little tool. It’s simply a screw hook threaded into a file handle. I made two of them, one for outside and one for inside, since I may have winter and summer work stations. I have less than $2 each in them, so my fastidiousness didn’t cost me too much. I took a break from my usual “tight wire act” lifestyle today, so I didn’t really have anything to thrill you with, so I posted this just to let you know that I’m still among the living. I’m hoping to have a real bombshell tomorrow; maybe I can find some irregularities on Trump’s cable bill! You’ll just have to wait and see; please remember to continue breathing as you wait.

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Lady Locust said...

Actually, that looks like a handy little tool. It'll probably end up being one of those multipurpose tools that's handy for all sorts of tasks.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Good thinking. You can use this for lots of things.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

If only you lived close enough to sharpen my chains! I usually end up doing it while taking a break in the woods. Your method should get more life out of the chain. I don't enjoy cutting wood much any more as I have to cut so much of it and it is hard to get to much of the time.

Gorges Smythe said...

You never know, LL!

We shall see, Kathy!

Mainly, SF, it will make the files last longer.

Glen Filthie said...

What is your preferred degreaser Gorges?

Gorges Smythe said...

I used to just use gasoline, Glen, but I've got naphtha now, though I haven't used it yet. I thought it might be even less oily than gas.