Ok, its not intricate but I'm really psyched that I could do it...

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Project by Jofa posted 10-16-2013 01:38 AM 2409 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So Mikhail got me inspired to try this.

I have a very old Craftsman (Atlas) saw and the metal insert is a little off so I tried making a couple of these.

I used some paper and pencil to get the outline, cut it to size on the table saw, clipped the edges and then used my sander to round it out.

I had some poplar from another project which was 3/4 so I ripped it down to the right thickness. My old saw just wouldn’t do it, thus my love for the Craftsman.

It fits really well in the table, a little bit of friction on the corners but not enough to make it hard to place. Gave it a few test runs and it’s great. Much more stable than the original.

I have some lacquer on them right now (all sides) so hopefully it won’t warp.

Thanks Mikhail for the inspiration!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 01:53 AM

Well done! Shop projects are always important and useful. I really enjoy making something that I could have bought, saves money to buy more wood :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 12:07 PM

This looks great. You have improved your saw. I need to do this for my saw.

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 01:36 PM

Jofa, as someone who owned an old Craftsman tablesaw and studied on making one of these for a while…I think you are selling yourself short buddy. I never did get it done…lol Great job on a tricky project

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 02:44 PM

Thanks guys. I put a couple of coats of semi-gloss lacquer on them yesterday, sanding and 0000 buffing each time. They’re now protected and nice and smooth. Definitely an improvement over the stock insert.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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