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Blog series by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw updated 1004 days ago 13 parts 48390 reads 57 comments total

Part 1: Rebuilding a vintage Craftsman Table Saw 113.29920

1424 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 3 comments »

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’v...

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Part 2: The thinking phase.....

1423 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 2 comments »

I managed to get the old arbor bearings out of the saw last night. Thankfully, I have no intention of re-using them, since I messed the casing of one of them up while extracting them. I have an uncle that works for Motion Industries locally, he is more or less the guy you call around here when you need bearings of any type. So, never one to pass up talking to family I don’t get to see very often, I gave him a call and had him cross-reference the two arbor bearings. The replacements ...

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Part 3: Cleanup and motor breakdown

1419 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 3 comments »

Ok guys there are some pictures of the table top before and after my cleaning session. Aside from that, most all of the small parts have been Evaporusted. The top is not as nice as I want it, but I’ll get it there eventually. See the pictures here.... Now to the dilemma. I broke down the motor and was rather frightened at what I found. The motor was in great need of cleaning as I dumped almost 2 cups of sawdust out of it without any scrubbing. For some reason impacted sa...

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Part 4: Know where your tools are and know when the right tool is in front of you...

1417 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 2 comments »

Last night I couldn’t run my air compressor to clean out the motor windings, which isn’t a big deal. Soooo, Today at lunch I came home and went to fire up the compressor. Well, the compressor was where it should be, but I didn’t have the air sprayer nozzle. I spent about 20 minutes looking for it and couldn’t find it. Oh well, I just waited till I got off work to look for it. An hour after cleaning and re-arranging my shop I found it in a small shoebox bin along w...

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Part 5: It's ALIVE.......................

1416 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 3 comments »

Well, today I did get to come home at lunch and dust out the motor, and let me tell you, it looked 40 years younger when I did. The windings were actually nice and shiny underneath the layers of old sawdust….. With that out of the way, I was able to move on. I pressed the new bearings onto the arbor using a deep socket and rubber mallet to tap them into place. With that out of the way I put things back together in the manner I dis-assembled them. Since, I didn’t make no...

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Part 6: FUMES and FIRE, painted......

1412 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 3 comments »

Well, with all the fumes, the saw colors make it look like it’s on fire. Today, I got to spray some primer and some paint. I painted our living room red last summer before we moved in. I forgot how poorly red paint coats, and just how many coats it takes to get something truly red. Persistence, and two cans of Rustoleum paid off. Here’s the result… Make sure you look at the rest of the album. I did get around to painting the motor and the other parts orange. I ...

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Part 7: If you plan for walls and screw ups, they aren't that bad......

1410 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 2 comments »

Back when I started woodworking, I didn’t plan for mistakes, warpage, mis-measurement, illness, broken tools, mismatched sets, bad hair days and the list goes on. I had a bad habit of planning one weekend jobs that took four months to complete. (Just look at the first arcade machine) I would get frustrated and angry when things didn’t work. I guess age and being realistic help one to plan for the unforeseeable. These days, I plan on a certain number of things going wrong on a...

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Part 8: The saw is in one piece and running.......

1406 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 10 comments »

At this point I would like to add screw up number four to the list. I managed to lose an E-clip that holds the vertical adjustment worm gear in place. I went to a few auto parts places and none of them had the clips. I wound up at the local ACE hardware which had the exact part in stock. With the part in hand, completing the assembly was pretty easy. Let me note here that before putting the arbor assembly on the cradle, please make sure the pulley fits. The replacement pulleys that I ...

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Part 9: How the Incra screwed up my table saw.....

1404 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 5 comments »

HAHA, got your attention. No, the Incra didn’t REALLY screw up my table saw, it just created a new hurdle to overcome. (Note here this will be set-back/screw up number five.) I have an Incra TS-LS 32 that is probably the best investment I have in my shop. If Incra made a circular saw fence, I would own it too. (Might not need a table saw if they did that.) But, this entry is not to praise the Incra, it is to scold the Incra, and all of it’s micro-adjustable goodness. So,...

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Part 10: Long and tedious.......

1395 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 5 comments »

It’s been a while, too long in fact since updating. I don’t have pictures with this one, so I must go ahead and apologize for that. I want to take this time to thank ajosephg for his document on making an old saw do new tricks. His insight was much needed, and is the reason my saw is not scrap metal right now. Also, this helped me fix the wobble in my arbor… I noticed three problems while working on the alignment of my saw. First, the blade alignment was never quite...

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Part 11: It's rebuilt, now it's time for the addons........ base and router cabinet

1377 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 2 comments »

I did get the base cut down and reassembled. I took the 2’ x 6’ base that I used on my R4511 and cut it down to 2’ x 4’. Also, the original base had 4 pieces of 6’ angle iron strapped to the bottom of it. This one only has 2 pieces of 4’ (cut from 6’) angle iron strapped to the bottom. I don’t see why this base needs to be as ridgid as the last, since it will be holding half as much weight. I went ahead and re-used the router table cabinet ...

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Part 12: The saw has a new home / I hate jigsaws / Why I'm not an electrician...

1369 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 13 comments »

Well guys, after spending the days before and after Thanksgiving sick with a stomach bug, I decided I was going to get something done before going back to work Monday. So, after getting my strength back, I decided to go out to the shop and put the saw base together. Last weekend a buddy of mine came over to play the part of outfeed table and we progressed to get the pieces cut for the base of the saw. All in all, it’s a pretty simple box with a hole cut in the top so that sawdust can...

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Part 13: After much delay and empty promises, it draws to an end.

1004 days ago by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw | 4 comments »

Well, the table saw / router workstation are finished. (At least as finished as I care to make them.) Have a look here..... There is a good bit of blood sweat and tears in that project. Actually no, more like beer, planning and a lot of good days working with my hands…. Notice that Babycake wants to demonstrate how easy the dust collection works by flipping a simple switch….. On the front of the unit, the fixed faceplates for switches (minus the one for the key...

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