Tablesaw Restoration

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Blog entry by Jeison posted 10-11-2016 04:55 PM 1079 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so after many years of not having a tablesaw, a friend from work gave me an old craftsman contractor saw that had been sitting in his garage the last 10 years or so. Real nice solid beast. Got it home, took it apart as completely as I could, oiled, greased, steel wooled, wire brushed, and waxed everything I could :)

Built a simple mobile base for it out of materials I had on hand (not a perfect solution, but one of the first projects I plan on is a tablesaw/router cabinet for it to sit on, so it’ll last until then). Still looks a bit rough, but the table is flat and smooth, and everything is as square as can be (better be, spent about three hours measuring, leveling, bolting, rebolting, remeasuring, releveing everything hah)

The belts he gave me with it seemed a bit rough and worn, so I picked up a link belt from harbor freight, and retooled a crosscut sled I made for my previous tablesaw.

Before I got started…

The new base…

after I was done (still need to bolt on the dust collector, that needs to wait on my next trip out to lowes for some hardware tho). Also need to make a zero-clearance insert, but without a router that has to wait a bit

with the crosscut sled

its not perfect, but still pretty proud of how it came out. Need to clean up and organize my workbench area, then I can FINALLY get back to makin stuff :D

One of the first bigger projects I plan on is something like this…

Nothing super fancy, and have to make it fit in a very specific footprint in the garage, hopefully be able to start on it in another week or two

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 12:16 AM

Those are a good saw.
You will get many years of use from it.
No bells and whistles,
Im still using the FIRST one I bought in 1976.
I do have a few more of the same contractors saw as well.
Looks like yours cleaned up nicely. GOOD JOB !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 01:25 AM

Great gift, wonderful resto work and great idea for the table/cabinet for the saw.

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

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