From the Very Beginning #1: Baby Steps

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Blog entry by JADobson posted 09-06-2012 07:01 PM 1689 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am a very new woodworker. In fact if you looked in my toolbag the only woodworking tool you would see today would be a flush cut saw (and a cheap one at that). I’ve been fortunate enough to have a brother who is also a woodworker so I’ve had a chance to work in his shop and build a few things. I’m especially proud of my tv stand and fireplace. The house I’m in has literally no room for anything and since the wife and I are expecting a second baby its time for a new house. I’m looking for one with a decent sized garage which can be converted into a shop of my own (the car can park on the street). I’m also on a pretty tight budget so I’ve been searching kijiji for good deals and I’m going to look at a table saw tonight. Its an old one but it has a cast iron table and a 3 hp motor. The seller says its running well and that the table hasn’t warped at all.

You can see it here.

It looks a bit rusty and I’ll probably need a new fence but for $25 bucks I think I’m getting an alright deal. I’ll also need a new paddle switch to make it safer and some sort of guard. One would hate to lose a finger.

Anyway, keep checking in as the shop comes together and I can start producing some projects all on my own. I’ve got my eye on an Arts and Crafts style end table. I just need to find a cheaper lumber source in Saskatoon than Windsor Plywood.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 12:07 AM

Looks like a beauty of a table saw although I’m not too familiar with the make… National? Even if it had a warped top and needed a new motor, that’s a deal at $25. I had to get a new fence and rail for mine so I went with a Vega Pro 50 for just about $250 or so. You can spend more for a Delta/Biesemeyer but I dont think it’s worth it, or you can get a smaller rail if you arent ripping sheets, for considerably less.

Have you been able to check it out in person and check the top and blade alignment? Invest in a good square and check that table saw out!

Here in California, I use frequently for used tool purchases and also used/new lumber. I’ve come across lots of useful material in the free section. But it seems Craigslist isnt very popular in your part of Canada so there goes my suggestion…

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 08:30 PM

These tools are from the mid 60’s thru the 70’s. In Canada. This saw should use an 8” blade. I know someone who has one, they love the saw. Great find and I hope it serves you well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 08:44 PM

looks decent to me
and left tilt too

good luck with all this
and congrats on the new baby

welcome to LJ’s

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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