I’ve had this old Sears contractor saw for 26 years, and it served me well, and still serving me well. After about a week of having it, I knew it was time for a new make-over then. So I took off the old “diamond” wings, (I hated them things..pinched my fingers everytime I used the saw), removed the crappy fence, and went on a “search and destroy” mission. After checking around for the best fence that would fit the saw, I settled on a Delta Precision SawGuide w/ 30” rip capacity. After getting the new fence, it was time to build left and right outfeed tables. The left table was standard… 12” x 27 ”.... The right was 25 1/2” x27”. Both were MDF and laminated. These old saws didn’t have any left of the sawblade cutting back then, so this was perfect. The onlt thing I didn’t change was the old crappy metal legs that came with it (I wish I had of then).
This sucker was dead-on accurate for all that time, and still is today…... But, after 26 years it was time to update. So last July I bought a new ‘09 5 h.p. Delta Unisaw w/ 52” r.c…. this sucker’s a beast. All the while I was still using my old Sears for dados and rabbits. Works great… When I finally got caught up this winter on some customer projects, I looked at the saw and said” it’s time for a make-over. So I took everything off, stripped it down to nothing but the saw body, and started…. First thing I did was design a set of cabinets, and how they would fit. One thing I had to keep in mind was that the saw couldn’t be any higher than the outfeed table for my new saw, since it’s backed up to it to use that table. After much calculations and head-scratching, and knowing it had to be at least 1/4—- 1/2” LOWER than the o.f. table, I went to work.
I built 3 seperate cabinets, all out of 3/4” B.B ply. They had to be the same height and depth as the saw body.
Two of the cabinets are the same.. the left and middle, but the right one was bigger to handle the o.f. table.
Ovewr-all dimensions are 20” deep, and 60” long. The first thing I built was a roll-around support platform w/ 3”
locking casters, w/ a support grid underneath to support the weight of the saw, only…. Cabinets are 19 1/2” high x 20” deep. The middle cabinet is for dust collection. I cut a hole the same size as the opening in the sawbody to let the sawdust fall into a pull-out drawer, and left a wide lip to mount the sawbody onto. No dust collection hook-up for this one….. All drawers have full extention slides, except the sawdust collection drawer
(it has a false front on top), and I just pull the drawer out, empty it, and slide it back in….. works good.
The back is completely enclosed to contain sawdust since I don’t tilt it for anything. All the wood trim is maple, and has 3 coats of Tung oil finish….. I had needing to do this for a long time, and finally got around to it during the winter. Didn’t mean to drag this out so long, but wanted to give a good explanation of how it’s built…..
Thanks for looking, and if you feel the need to build one of these, go for it…....... If you have any questions, just PM me, and I’ll try to answer them…...
-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......