Homemade Tablesaw

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 02-28-2016 02:07 PM 2402 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandfather was a carpenter and home builder, he put together this table that was used for that purpose. It was handed down to my dad and it’s the tool I used to create my woodworking projects from age 10 until I moved out. It was built in the 50’s with a Craftsman arbor and motor, oak and hand formed sheet metal for the dustbin.

The fence is adjustable using a novel hand-crank to move it towards and away from the blade. It works pretty good, there is some consistency issues that require checking the accuracy when the fence is run in and out (having to do with how the table top is mounted, not the fence itself)

To control the blade depth, there is another hand crank on the front that lifts the table up. The table top can be flipped back to have full access to the blade (the top is retrained with a piece of chain).

This is not a safe saw to use with the belt exposed by the table top, lack of a blade guard and no ground on the plug. But it was used for hundreds of projects, and despite the dangerous appearance, not on finger was lost to it!

UPDATE: my cousin sent me a picture of a belt sander my grandfather built as well (I was unaware of this rig).

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 02:57 PM

Very interesting—thanks for sharing. These homemade tool just prove the old adage that “it’s not the tool but the craftsman that counts.”

The belt sander looks like a greatly improved version of the old 1” Delta belt sander I bought back in the 80’s and has been discontinued for some time. I love that sander even thought it would not be considered safe by today’s “nanny state” standards and the table is not great.

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 06:18 PM

Your Grandfather was a Genius… proving when that given a Necessity, it could be solved by the Mother of Invention… A true MacGyver…

Thank you for sharing!

I’d like to see more pictures of that sander! COOL…

Everything.. Very COOL and interesting…

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 01:03 AM

I would have like to meet your grandfather. He was a talented fabricator of useful tools.

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 01:22 AM

The setup with a bicycle sprocket???

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 01:37 PM

Thanks for the kind comments! He was quite resourceful and clever!

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