Grandpa's saw #1: Old 40's Craftsman Table Saw with a T2 fence

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Blog entry by JBurt posted 09-01-2013 07:39 PM 1930 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So when he passed away I inherited my grandfathers woodworking tools. A lot of the stuff isn’t the best quality but it works well enough and with some tweaking I’ve gotten them to work better.

This is my first time using lumberjocks, but I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from this site. I think it’s great. Anyways like most people the most used tool is probably the table saw. It’s very well “used”. My grandpa traded his brother a trailer for this saw (that was already at least a few years old then) sometime before he got married in 1947, so all I know is that it is really old. This saw lived under a carport for about half its life. Surprisingly it’s got the original motor and everything works surprisingly well, except the fence. I don’t know if craftsman ever made a good table saw fence, and if they did I’ve never seen one.

I saw Jaime’s blog about a similar saw here and thought I could definitely use a better fence, so I looked around and found a T2-30 fence. I think it will work out well but here are some issues I’ve got right now and I’ll update everything as I get things figured out.

Problems so far:

1) I think this might be the biggest problem. Most table saw’s are 27” deep. This saw (model: 113.22401) is supposed to be an 8” saw that you can use a 10” blade on. However the table is only 20” deep. So I don’t know how much the rear rail actually does. I’ve never used a t-square fence so I really have no idea. The old fence clamped to the rear of the table. I suppose that I could make a 7” outfeed table out of hardwood or metal and go that route, or not have the rear rail. I’m open to any and all ideas.

2) None of the holes in the front line up. I anticipated this and will just drill the fence to match at least 3 of the 4 holes in the front table.

3) The holes in the front of the table are too small for the bolts that come with the fence. Not a huge problem. I think I might get some bolts with a smaller diameter, but I done know if that will cause any issues. If it does I could always drill the table out some and reuse the original bolts later. I have a small mental problem of drilling into my grandpas saw table, but that brings us to problem 4.

4) The rear has no holes for mounting anything. If I decide to not use the rear rail this is not a major problem. If I try to do some sort of outfeed table I don’t know how to mount one any other way. I’ll probably assemble the front of the saw and see how rigid it is.

Lastly I plan on building a small cabinet on casters for this saw to fit into, but I figure a nice fence will make building that cabinet a lot easier. Jaime did a great job on his restoration but I don’t know if I want to go that route. This saw has looked the same for the 30 years that I have known it. I have completely disassembled and cleaned it, but don’t know if I want to take off all the rust and clean it up. I’m open to opinions on that one too. Anyways I’ll keep everyone updated on how this goes and post some pictures up later.

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 02:36 PM

Looking forward to seeing how you solve your issues and how you set up your grandpa’s saw. :P

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