Craftsman Tablesaw tune-up #2: New Fence is installed and aligned

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Blog entry by B4B posted 04-03-2015 05:14 AM 1401 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Tools you'll need & getting started Part 2 of Craftsman Tablesaw tune-up series Part 3: Progress has been made »

Sorry, no pictures today. I’ll get some when the saw is in a better location for pics, maybe once I get the stand built up.

I was able to get the Shop Fox W1410 fence installed, and what a difference it makes over the stock fence. It took me about three hours over three days after getting home from work. . or maybe 4 hours, I lost track of time.

I don’t recommend this order of operations. If I had followed the instructionsa little more closely, I would not have 2 extra holes and would have taken less time. Oh well.

1) Mounted front rail after drilling and tapping 1 extra hole, I used 1 existing hole (about an hour)
2) Mounted back rail, drilled and tapped 2 holes. I realized that the front rail would have to get re-mounted due to the placement of the miter slot cutouts and the way the fence is aligned.
3) Drilled and tapped holes in the front that were too high for the rails (oops).
4) Drilled and tapped holes in the front, in the right location
5) Installed end brace (I may just build a cabinet under the right-hand wing and eventually install a router insert)
6) Aligned fence to miter slot
7) Filed out edge of back rail as the miter gauge was catching. I may have to pull the rail off completely, and file an extra bit out to take into account minor expansion/contraction and slight shifts in the rails.

So what’s next?

I really liked this saw stand from timbertailer <http: /> it was very basic, small and what I was looking for. I saw a lot of nice table saw workstations, but many of them would be too big for what I need. . . but I may end up going that route later on.

Here’s what I have in mind. It will also include four 4” swivel casters that are mounted to a 2×6 and hinged. On the back will be a pair of levers that will allow the saw to raise up onto the casters, and lower down onto the floor.

I’ve got a couple of pallets, some random 2×4 and 2×6 ceder, and some 3/4” sheathing kicking around from other projects. I’m going to see what I can come up with using the materials I have.

If it’s not going to work, I’ll probably just wind up picking up a sheet of 3/4” ply from the BORG. I may check out a local lumber yard to see what they have for pricing on basic sanded plywood.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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