One of our nicest chop saws, a Ryobi, mysteriously lost its miter-lock knob. Rather than paying big bucks to replace it, we decided to build ourselves one. We just what we needed in our bucket of metal set to be recycled. After buying a 3/8″ metric bolt, this is where we stood.
In just a minute or two there were nice threads for our lock screw. We don’t need a tap and die set very often, but when we do, it’s great to have one.
Next we had to grind down the head of the bolt a bit to get it to fit into the sleeve. Luckily one of our bench grinders was on hand, so this operation took just a few minutes.