Craftsman Tablesaw "Restoration" #2: Fence is on!

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Blog entry by HandyHousewife posted 11-06-2017 09:52 PM 1761 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night we finally bit the bullet and installed the new fence. WAY easier than we expected, and if anyone plans to install one, any old wood+metal drill bit will drill through the cast iron with a bit of patience and a slow speed. We marked and punched the holes to keep the bit from wandering and then did each hole in 3 steps, because it worked better for us (and our bits may have been a bit dull.) Thankfully, we didn’t need to adjust the blade in relation to the miter slots, that sounds like a pain. We ran out of time to apply the little tape measure sticker because we were late getting started (and spent a bit too much time admiring how slick the new fence slides), but that shouldn’t take but a few minutes this evening. Or at least I hope it doesn’t. Edited: I applied it today!!

We also found (and installed) a cheap pair of aluminum wings to go on the saw—they are the perforated ones, but I think they’ll be pretty nice. The saw came with a tiny fence and no wings, so it looks like a proper saw now, even if it does take up about 2x as much space in our shop…OK, so it’s a garage, whatever. ;-) Now we just need to figure out a better stand, because with the wings and the heavy duty fence, I’m terrified of the saw being a major tip hazard on it’s current stand thing. I’m not sure what this stand was in it’s former life, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t for a table saw. It’s one giant cast iron rod that has a small base at each end—one base holds up the saw and the other has some small casters that only lock up when you don’t want them to (and roll when you do want them to) and there is no way to hook up dust collection, so it all cakes up in the bottom of the saw. When it’s nice out it’s NBD, but when it’s not, we’d like to be able to contain the mess in the garage, so I’m thinking about building a new stand with a port that we can hook up to a shop vac or at least a basket that we can empty. If anyone has stands or stand plans they recommend, we’ve got lots of scrap plywood and 1x stock that we can use!

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 03:40 AM


Now we want to see pictures. :)

-- Just making sawdust

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 03:58 AM

Thanks CO_Goose! I edited both posts to get the pictures on there while my camera and computer were playing nice. :-)

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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