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After I swap out my bandsaw blade for another, I'm left with a large hoop of sharp serrated metal.

How can I store this safely.

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You can "collapse" them into much smaller hoops (see http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/techniques/skills/folding-bandsaw-blades-simple-as-one-two-three/). It brings it down to about a third of the size and can be stored in a drawer.

From the page:

Hold the blade in front of you with one hand, keeping the teeth pointing away from you. Wear a glove if you've got one handy. Put your foot inside the loop and step on the blade, securing it firmly to the floor. Simultaneously rotate and lower your hand as you hold the top of the blade. By the time your hand makes three-quarters to one full revolution, the blade will have popped into three coils.

From Woodworking Magazine

  • Sometimes it helps to use twist-ties to secure the blade so that it stays in a ringed coil and so it won't snap out into the full size. – Blue Ice Mar 17 '15 at 17:15
  • I use lettuce ties (the wire ones or the velcro ones) to hold my folded coils together. – TDHofstetter Sep 7 '15 at 3:31
  • There are good videos on the web snowing how to do this, including doung it with a sawmill-sized blade. It makes a lot more sense after seeing it, and even more after doing it once or twice. – keshlam Nov 24 '15 at 4:05
  • I would add that you should put the blade in the arch of your foot. You don't actually want to step on it and risk damaging the teeth in that segment. The arch will hold the blade just fine and less risk of damaging the blade. – Dano0430 Feb 1 '17 at 15:34
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They can be hung in an out of the way corner.

Ideally on a piece of wood with a curved channel the blade rests in so the it doesn't kink.

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Most of the time they can be twisted onto one another and looped if you're careful. I gently twist a wire twist tie to hold them in shape. Then you can hang them up with less issues.

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