Shop made Table Saw PALS

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Project by Jorge Velez posted 05-25-2012 09:47 PM 7145 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m one of the few who has a Craftsman 21833 TS, which is a known problem due to alignment issues, I was able to minimize the problem by giving regular alignment, I read about the PALS and I decided to made my own at Machinist shop, so this are the pics and I really was able to bring to perfect alignment on my TS, now if I up load or lower the blade is not loosing the alignment. I was able to set at .001 if blade is all the way up, but about half way is perfectly aligned, so this is good enough for me and I’m very happy now that I don´t have the problem, before this the problem was about 1/64”, and 1/32” when really off

I wanted to share this small project so other people with same problem/saw has the opportunity to improve the alignment issue if there is no possibility to up grade saw which is my case for now.

for the PALS I took basic measures directly from the trunions, honestly I had to make two sets since the first one was very tight and Trunions screws was not in alignment with base holes. BTW, I also extended the Trunions holes to left and right just a bit extra to allow for additional adjustments.

I hope some of the other owners reply, would be interested in their current experience with this saw and what have done to minimize or eliminate the problem.

thks for stopping by!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 11:35 PM

Now that is some good ole thinking out the problem and solving it…. Smart move Jorge.

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 12:11 AM

I was waiting for them to make a 10mm size for my saw, just wish I had access to a machine shop :)

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 02:47 PM

I wonder if there is a market for you out there on that Internet thing. Maybe on that Skraigs List or the part of PayPal that doesn’t make money. I bet other people would like to have a saw that works too. Good for you, and maybe, good for everyone. That’s America!

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 06:58 PM

You certainly don’t need a machine shop to make these … I’ve made dozens of them for friends using a hacksaw .. a stationary belt sander .. a drill .. & a tap.

Make ‘em from scrap pieces of angle … either aluminum or steel works just fine … cut to length .. shorten one leg .. drill one hole .. drill & tap 2nd hole in line with first .. sand off burrs .. install.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 08:51 PM

Hi Folks, thanks for your comments!

Hi Fuzzy, good idea of your process, I never though about it!

Hi Crashn, you should use Fuzzy’s process to do your owns.


-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 08:27 AM

Anybody end up finding some of these made for the 21833? I contacted in-line industries and got no response. I can try to make some but unsure of myself. Can I get angle at like a z home depot. And really I think it’s the tapping part. Would need to find all the right screw parts and tap.

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#7 posted 11-28-2017 11:46 PM

What were the measurements you ended up with on the bracket?

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