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A Better Arbor Wrench

When changing table saw blades, I have two simple goals. First, I like to get the job done with a minimum of time and effort. Second, and more important, I try hard to avoid scraping my knuckles on the blade when removing and reinstalling the arbor nut. A very minor modification I made to my arbor wrench helps on both scores.

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The photo at right illustrates this simple alteration. As you can see, I put a slight bend in the wrench near the arbor nut hole. This makes it easier to slip the wrench over the arbor nut while also keeping my fingers out of harms way.

Bending the wrench isn’t difficult. I just clamped the end in a vise and applied a little force. And I've definitely seen a good return on this small investment.

Have a nice weekend,

Ted Raife
Editor, Woodsmith

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