Old craftsman Table Saw Restoration???

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Forum topic by arkalicea posted 05-04-2017 12:08 PM 1976 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2017 12:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw restoration beginner how to iron old craftsman help questions tool rust

Good day to all!
I just retired from the military and started my journey with woodworking. It gives me peace and stop my PTSD symptoms:)
I recently got a craftsman Table saw model 113.12060. It is in great shape, very heavy and works perfectly. I want to restore it to its original glory but honestly have no idea where to start. I can’t even find the manual for that model anywhere. Is there someone willing to guide me. It has rust on the fence and some other minor things. I’m planning on start in three days hopefully. Let me know if you will like to see pictures of it and I will gladly post them. Thanks for your help in advance. I have so many questions about so many things that is frustrating.

-- SSG (Ret) Arkelio Aliceavega

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 12:32 PM

First off, Thank You for your service. I myself am retired USN.
Second, Welcome to the best woodworking forum on the Internet!
As far as the saw, I don’t do restorations. I just wanted to welcome you aboard.
There are many here who do expert, even world-class restorations of old machines. I am sure they will chime in shortly!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 01:00 PM

Rust removal is not too complicated. A 4” side grinder with a flap pad works great.

Once you get the rust off, prime it right away and sand between coats.

Pictures would be great to see what you’re up against.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 01:21 PM

Thanks for the comments! First, it was an honor to serve in the military. I would have stay if the let me!!!
I am trying to figure out how to upload pictures here, once I do it you will be able to see the progress.

-- SSG (Ret) Arkelio Aliceavega

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#4 posted 05-04-2017 02:56 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

To upload pictures on this site, just click the “img” button that is right above the text box when making a post or reply. Click the “Choose File” button, navigate to the picture on your device and hit “Insert this Image”. Works much better than trying to link to a secondary site such as photobucket.

Good luck with your project.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 08:51 PM

You might find the info you need at or at
OWWM is a forum specializing in vintage non-Asian made machines. I’m a member there too and prefer older American made machines.
Vintage machinery has manuals online. There might be one that works for your saw. Sears changed model numbers on the same basic machine depending on what it came with. You may not find your exact model number but one similar enough to work.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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#6 posted 05-05-2017 09:03 PM

Are you sure of the model number? 113.12060 seems to reference a motor, not a table saw :)


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 05-05-2017 09:22 PM

Thanks for the information. Where will I find the model number then? You are right, that number came from the actual motor. I thought it was the same as the saw itself.

-- SSG (Ret) Arkelio Aliceavega

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#8 posted 05-05-2017 09:32 PM

Check on the saws main cabinet somewhere… hopefully it hasn’t been removed. Should look something like:

If not, you can browse the photos over at the VM site to see if you can find a similar one… or post some pictures here or at the OWWM site so others can help identify.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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