Craftsman Table Saw Restortion #3: New On/Off switch, Finish Assembly, Vega Fence

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Blog entry by Chris Januski posted 09-27-2016 02:15 PM 722 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I should have been updating this more often instead of posting all of the pictures at once but I guess I’ll be better about it next time. Once the base and frame were assembled I opened the motor and found how jammed it was full of saw dust. After cleaning it out I changed out the switch for a paddle switch. After the switch was mounted I enclosed the bottom of the saw with plywood for dust collection. I installed the factory fence and realized how wobbly it was so I upgraded to a Vega. So far I’m very impressed with the quality of it. All questions and comments are welcome.

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#1 posted 09-27-2016 04:49 PM

She’s a beauty! Some questions:

1) No left-side table extension?
2) How do you like the Vega fence? I’m looking at it, and concerned about the inboard pointy angle of the locking mechanism bumping into my hip—any issue with that?
3) Does the Vega fence offer any opportunity for accessory fences, etc?
4) Is the base original to the saw (other than the plywood enclosure)?
5) I love the storage place for the miter gauge—might need to steal that idea/location.
6) Where is the blade height adjustment wheel?

Thanks for posting—nice work!

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#2 posted 09-27-2016 05:00 PM

I have a Vega Pro fence installed on my Craftsman TS. It is an excellent fence, no issues with bumping into it. The fence comes with two holes drilled through it and also two long wood screws to fasten an aux fence to it. Also the top of the fence is grooved so that I can slide on Board Buddies etc.

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Chris Januski

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#3 posted 09-27-2016 05:35 PM

Thanks Jay. When the saw was given to my father-in-law there was not a left side extension. I plan on building one soon. I haven’t had any issues with bumping into the fence handle at all. Like dschlic said, a sacrificial add on is easy to install and I plan on adding anti-kickback roller wheels eventually.

As far as I can tell the saw base is original, but some of the ones I’ve seen online do not have the lower frame bars.

The fence was an easy add on. It lined up with holes already in the front of the saw, the only problem is that the measuring tape has to be realigned. The way it came, the 0 mark is actually 2 inches off. I bought the 50 inch fence, but essentially it is now only good for 48 which is plenty long enough for anything I’m doing. The back of the saw didn’t have any holes. I lined everything up and made identical holes in the back to match the front.

As for the blade height, it’s difficult to see, but the chrome wheel is for blade height adjustment and the black arm is for angle adjustment. The threaded rod that is sticking out is supposed to have a knob on it. It slides in/out to lock the blade height and the black knob near the top front is used to lock in the angle.

I was tired of always looking for the miter gage so I figured this was an easy solution.

Thanks again for the comments

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