Updating My Craftsman 113 Table Saw #2: Slower Than I Thought, But It's Coming Together

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Blog entry by CRAIGCLICK posted 03-28-2018 06:26 PM 1630 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally was able to get away from all my other responsibilities this past weekend and get some work done. I was able to make progress, but lack of time and indecision (and cheapness) on my part made it tough to complete the job.

I was able to cut the rails to length, sandblast, cut them to length, prime, paint, and mount them.

It took me an entire day of hemming and hawing to finally come up with wing extension sizes for the danged thing. I wanted to have enough room to use the saw as a makeshift “bench” when I needed it (horizontal work space is at a premium in my garage) and to take advantage of some of the length of the fence tube, but didn’t want them so big that I risked tipping the saw if I put any amount of weight on it.

I settled on 16 inches wide on the left and 24 inches on the right. That will give me a total surface width of 60 inches. I used the 12 inches of angle steel that I cut off to make the brackets that held the front rail to the bottom of the table. So the way it will work is that the front of the wings will sit on top of the front rails, and the rears bolted against the rear rail.

I mounted the rails to the saw and everything looked good. My next decision involved the location and mounting of the on/off paddle switch for the saw. It became apparent to me that, once I had all of the connections made, there was absolutely no way that the switch was going to fit into a standard sealed gang box, so I improvised a little and glued the 1/2 inch pieces of oak together and then used a jigsaw to cut out an opening in the oak. I mounted the gang box to the back and the switch to the front of the oak and that solved another problem for me which was mounting the switch to the saw. I mounted it to the left side of the front rail within easy reach.

Next came the construction of the wings…and this is what took me so long. I first thought of using phenolic baltic birch plywood…until I priced it…is “baltic” another word for “second mortgage?”

Then I considered a two layer construction consisting of a 3/4 melamine-faced particle board top glued to 3/4 inch MDF on the bottom. But I don’t really like using melamine because when the melamine layer peels off, it’s almost as dangerous as the table saw (well, not quite…but it’ll cut the heck outta you).

Finally, because I had a couple of 6” x 3/4” oak boards laying around, I would make an oak frame and support ribs supporting a 3/4 MDF top. That way, I could cut the frame exactly so that it sat on my front rail and be the correct height to be even with the saw table. I figure that, this way, I can just replace the MDF if it gets nasty and I can upgrade to the baltic birch or something else if I want to.

SO that’s where I am. I’ve started construction on the wing extensions, but I still have a way to go. With the long weekend, I’ll probably get that knocked out.

-- Somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace.

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 09:14 PM

Nice job, Craig!! You’ll love it once it’s done :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#2 posted 03-29-2018 02:38 AM

Those Craftsman 113’s never die, I bought one new in 1980 and it’s still going strong. Good luck with your project.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 04:51 PM

Thank you for the replies. I know a lot of people own these saws and I figure it may make someone’s journey a little easier if they decide to do the same thing. I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

-- Somewhere between raising hell and amazing grace.

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