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Blog entry by Neodogg posted 1895 days ago 4044 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I was able to dig my grandpa’s old TS out of his shop which has been dormant for the better part of 30 yrs. and drag it to Ohio It is a 1954 Craftsman 1 HP 10” left tilting contractor TS. Here it is after getting off the truck.

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The inside shot shows how they used to make them to last, all cast iron & aluminum.

It was going to need some TLC, I started by removing the saw from the base and started to sand everything.

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After sanding everything for a couple hours, I then taped off area’s and started to paint. I used some good old Ace Farm/Machinery “Ford Grey”. It took about a can and a half for the whole project.

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I had to paint it in the horse’s barn and had several interested parties or we’ve just got stoner horses?

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I think the painting went well, my only concern was how to clean up the aluminum on the face plate and hand wheels, I tried some “polish” but didn’t get the results I was expecting? Any suggestions?

Once the paint dried I lugged it back to the garage/”shop” for reassembling. You might notice the ugly switch, which I replaced. I also made a little mobile base so it can park against the wall.

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For the top I just used a fine grit sandpaper and applied Johnson Paste Wax for a smooth finish.

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Once reassembled & proper set up I was able to get my first cut in!

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After reading all the horror stories of people who have Craftsman TS and the trouble they have with the fence I had little expectations for this one. Well, I must be a curve buster, cause the fence works great! within 1/32”, can’t really ask for too much for the age? My only problem is the fence only goes so far to the right/left, but haven’t ran into an instance where I can’t cut something. I wasn’t happy with the switch that arrived with it, so I got a new one from Grizzly(also got a very nice feather board from them). Since I was replacing the switch I also rewired the motor for a longer cord, the original was cracking. I think all I need for it is to make an out feed table & maybe a side wing or buy a wing? All in all I am happy for what I have. I believe I have less than $50 in it. (Paint,belt, switch, wire) It should serve me well for several years to come. And if that day ever comes where I have a shop and upgrade saw’s I might use this for dado’s?

Well here is the final shot with new switch, looks pretty good for being 55 years old!

It’s kind of funny, I never knew my g-pa, he passed in ‘79(at the age of 84) when I was 1, but some how restoring this saw and using several of his other many many tools, I get this funny connecion feeling cause I know he has used them also? I just hope this isn’t the saw he cut two fingers off with!

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-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!



13 comments so far

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Splinterman

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#1 posted 1895 days ago

Your Grandpa would be very pleased to see his saw reclaimed…........good job.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1895 days ago

A great restoration and a cool family history.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gjd

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#3 posted 1895 days ago

Great restore. I think most of the comments about lousy Craftsman fences are on newer vintage machine. The rails on your saw look more substantial than mine (circa 1980). I like that handy slot for the fence in the saw base.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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Greg Wurst

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#4 posted 1895 days ago

If you really like throwing money at old tools you can do what I did and add a Vega fence, PALS, machined pulleys, and a PowerTwist V-belt to an old $100 Craftsman table saw. Heck, my blade alone cost more than the entire saw! Oh well, it cuts nice now and I built my cabinet around it so I’m sticking with it. Nice job on the restore!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Neodogg

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#5 posted 1895 days ago

Greg,
Nice work yourself, something to think about

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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brianinpa

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#6 posted 1894 days ago

The wing extensions also have a fence rail extension that allow the fence to provide a wider cut. You started with a good candidate for a basket case and now it is looking real nice.

As far as the wheels go, I found that the turning knobs can be punched out of the wheel. (most are just a tight fit) This helps with the cleaning of the wheel. Start polishing and don’t give up till you like what you see. The knob can be chucked up in a drill press and that makes sanding/polishing very easy and simple. When finished, push the knob back into the wheel.

Careful, soon you will find yourself doing nothing but working on restoring old machines.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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tinnman65

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#7 posted 1890 days ago

Great job!! I have an old Craftsman TS put away that my Cousin gave me after my Uncle died a few years back. It doesn’t have the stand anymore but from the pics above from Mr. Wurst that doesn’t seem to be a problem. He used it to build his house I think in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Thanks for the post you have me thinking twice about that old saw.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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hairy

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#8 posted 1750 days ago

Nice job on the restoration.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 1696 days ago

Don’t know how I missed this, thanks for the post and Great job it looks new! How does it perform?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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souichiro

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#10 posted 1582 days ago

Awesome restore! You did a really good job on it.

-- Dale, Oregon

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justinwdemoss

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

Neodogg,

I just saw a craftsman TS similar to yours on Craigslist in Goshen. I didn’t think it was yours, but thought that you might want to take a look at it for parts. I think they are asking around $100.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 1053 days ago

Nice job on restoring the saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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emart

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#13 posted 395 days ago

nice work I just bought that same model today.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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