1972 Craftsman project, Opinions Welcome #12: Living with old tools

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 05-12-2011 12:05 AM 1728 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Late last year, before I put the saw away for the winter, a piece of the casting on the tablesaw broke. It was causing some vibration and the blade to move side to side a bit when adjusting height. Not good in conjunction with zero clearance inserts. Anyway, it is getting warm again and time to get the saw ready for what I hope will be a productive summer. The “key” as I am calling it had to be fixed. There are 2 parts that mount on a shaft and are keyed together you can see the missing key in the photo:

The 2 parts slid apart a bit to clarify:

Here you can see where the key broke off:

So, what’s a guy to do but fix it. I started by carving out a slot where the old key was:

So then I had this:

Then it was a matter of cutting a piece from some high grade aluminum I had laying around, a little bit of JB Weld and get it together. It is sitting and drying as I write this:

Next I will do a bit more filing and fine fitting…..hmmm….loose tenon joinery on a Tablesaw???

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 12:47 AM

Looks like a great fix to me, beats trying to buy a new part that may not be available anyway.

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 03:45 PM

JB weld is great stuff!

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