Rebuilding a vintage Craftsman Table Saw 113.29920 #1: Rebuilding a vintage Craftsman Table Saw 113.29920

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Blog entry by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 10-06-2010 05:52 AM 10601 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t normally blog, but I figured this would be a project worth writing about. Over the past few months I’ve been downsizing my shop since I had the epiphany that I had too many large tools. I found that you can’t use your shop if you can’t get in it. Aside from that, I could use the extra money from selling a few of these. With this in mind, I’ve sold my Ridgid jointer, traded my big drill press to a friend (he needed it a lot more than me), and I’ve now sold my Ridgid R4511. I can hear the boo’s from here. If you’ve seen my table saw workstation project, I think it explains how highly I think of the table saw. Needless to say, I sold the Ridgid and purchased a cheaper saw, which is what this blog is about.

The saw I got is a Craftsman Model 113.29920 10” Tilting Arbor Bench Saw. Don’t let the name fool you. As far as I’m concerned, this thing is a contractor saw. I’ve got a set of pulleys and a twist belt in the mail. Aside from that, I’ve begun breaking the saw down. I’m going to hit it with a good dose of EVAPORUST and replace the arbor bearings. I’ll be off to get those tomorrow. I think it’s noteworthy that the saw ran fine when I got it. But, being the paranoid type that can’t help but make things better, I decided to go with overkill on this saw and replace the 50+ year old bearings. For now, enjoy the pictures....

Almost forgot to mention, I’m planning on putting my Incra on this saw and build another table saw workstation…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 01:15 PM

I can’t wait to see what you do with this. While I enjoy looking at the photos on the internet, I’m also going to have to ride over your way and see it when you’re done.
I hope you plan to blog the whole process of building it so we can see the steps and not just the finished product. If you don’t do that, will you be at least updating the photos that you linked to on this blog?
As for the saw, these old saws are great when they are running right, and it sounds like you aren’t taking any chances on that. You’re already replacing the main things that may cause you problems down the road, like bearings and such. So, you’re already a step ahead of what most people would be.
I’ll be willing to bet you’ll love this once it’s done.


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#2 posted 10-06-2010 03:38 PM

This is definitely blog worthy. Please keep us up to speed on your progress. I think you are going to have a pretty cool saw when you are done.

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 07:54 PM

My wife’s uncle gave me an old craftsman TS at the beginning of the summer. It has just been sitting in the garage so far. The motor works, but isn’t attached and I haven’t taken the time to figure out where the pins, bearings, etc go.

I’ll follow your blog and may have to do one of my own when I get around to refurbing the one I have.

Best of luck.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 06:28 PM

KTMM, I just bought this TS and signed up for Lumberjocks. It’s in great shape but I was interested in looking at some of the pictures of yours. Everytime i click on a link to your photos it says the pictures are private. Is there something I need to do to view pictures on this site or have the photos been deleted?

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