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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 1176 days ago 946 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???

-- I still have all my fingers



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papadan

1118 posts in 1972 days


#1 posted 1176 days ago

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

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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Joe Watson

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#2 posted 1175 days ago

JB weld is great stuff!

-- Got Wood?

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