Yet Another Craftsman 113 Saw Blog #2: Short Update

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Blog entry by jonlruss posted 08-03-2015 04:09 PM 1659 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much to add. Haven’t gotten to put in as much time on the saw as I’ve wanted the last few days what with the non-woodworking parts of my life getting in the way. Got the miter slot aligned with the blade as well as I could using a very uncooperative combination square. I have a dial indicator, but need to make a base for it that’ll fit in the miter slot. Just using the combo square the slot was a good 1/16” off which from cuts I had made on it before bringing it home is what I expected.

I remounted the motor and when I turned the saw on, it vibrated quite a bit. When I disassembled the saw for transport I took the motor off the mount instead of taking off the mount with the motor still attached so the pulleys may not be aligned (let that be a lesson to you kids). I couldn’t find a straightedge narrow enough to be able to get it up in the base well enough to check the alignment. It’s possible it was just that the belt had set it’s shape from having sat though. I replaced it with the link belt and it runs nice and smooth with that belt. Probably wouldn’t pass the nickel test, but it’s not bad.

I’m replacing the original switch with a paddle switch from Rockler. Since the paddle switch has a pigtail cord that the saw is supposed to plug into I removed the power cord from the motor, then opened up the case of the original switch to remove the cord that has the plug from it. Wasn’t able to get the cord with the plug attached to the motor as the blade connectors on the motor are a bit wider than the ones in the switch. Went and got new connectors, but haven’t connected them to the cord wires yet.

Also got a small start on adding the Delta T3 fence. I’m still kind of going back and forth on whether to drill the cast iron table or the fence rail. From what I’ve read most people drill the fence rail so that’s most likely what I’ll do. I kind of like the thought of doing it on the drill press but I need to get a new belt for it first.

Going to try to at least get the switch done before the weekend. Would like to get the fence done as well but don’t know I’m going to get to spend that much time on it before Saturday.

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 02:51 AM

cast iron drills a lot easier than the fence rail.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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