My First Table Saw

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Forum topic by adpostel posted 12-01-2017 01:52 PM 593 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2017 01:52 PM

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I have been fiddling around with some wood projects for a while, usually rough stuff. Saw horses, cedar fence and gate, utility trailer floor, etc… But recently I needed some cabinet faces for my outdoor kitchen and I did them with a circular saw and and a router. I was introduced to and purchased a Kreg pocket hole jig, and I decided I needed/wanted a table saw. Well, after much reading, I decided to look for a Craftsman 113xxxx, and if I found a decent one, I could rebuild it and have a decent saw for my personal needs. Well, a decent one popped up, and I asked several questions about it and decided to purchase it for $125 bucks. Here are some pics of my first table saw.

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 02:25 PM

shades of de ja vu, wore one out as it was my first one,, nothing like the first table saw, aw now to add all the goodies, and making jigs for everything you MIGHT build.

a new adventure in the works

-- Living the dream

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 02:44 PM

Congrats on the first saw. You got one with a good fence on it so you should get some good results once you tune it up. I had to grind the arbor washer on mine to get the runout under control but after that it cut smooth as butter as long as I didn’t push it too hard. Get a good thin kerf blade on it since it lacks a bit in power, these old Craftsmans can really benefit from using dedicated crosscut and rip blades as well instead of working a combo blade harder.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#3 posted 12-01-2017 03:58 PM

Congrats! You did good for $125. You got the upgraded fence, grated cast wings, the dual cap version of that motor (slightly more power), and the metal handwheels. Like smitdog says, get it aligned, and put a good blade on it…..decent blades start at ~ $30.

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#4 posted 12-01-2017 04:03 PM

AND kits a good one! An older sears 10 inch…. Good choice

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#5 posted 12-01-2017 04:13 PM

Agree with the previous posts! That was my first saw 20 years ago as well. I inherited it when my Dad passed. I was a good started saw, I agree strongly enough with the suggestion to tune it up and get separate rip and cross cut blades. That will make a big difference, especially if they are thin kerf.

Please let us know how the clean up/set up is doing in the future… With pics!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 12-04-2017 12:58 AM

Thanks for the replies, yes I have gotten several tips on getting the saw “Right” Definitely will get appropriate blades for rips and crosscuts, that was new to me…. I will post more pics as I get her going. Thanks for the responses and tips.

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