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Table saw restoration #1: New (to me) Craftsman Table Saw - edited photos and text

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Blog entry by Robin1 posted 11-23-2016 01:54 PM 1515 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to Knotscott, who lives close by, I found a craftsman in very good shape. I’ve upgraded the belt with a link belt from Harbor Freight (good deal) and the fence with a Vega Pro 40. Just need to get the other wing on, add an extension table and ZCI and do something about the switch. Works great though! (Any advice on the switch would be appreciated. The original set-up had the motor plugging into the switch and the switch plugging into the wall. I’m assuming I’ll have to buy a switch and hardwire the motor to it, then run a plug from the switch. I’m not much of an electrician so a recommendation on an easy-to-wire product would be great.)

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dschlic1

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#1 posted 11-23-2016 06:08 PM

My switch recommendation:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/110V-Paddle-Switch/D4160

I have it mounted on that exact same saw.

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#2 posted 11-23-2016 07:42 PM

Yep, I put the same switch dschlic1 linked on my jointer (although mine was sold as Shop Fox, I’m fairly certain it’s the exact same one). It’s simple to wire it up, just get some crimp-on quick connects.

I have a Powermatic branded Vega fence. It is excellent. I think you made the right call there!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Robin1

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#3 posted 11-23-2016 08:27 PM

Thank you both! I’m not really good with wiring. I’m assuming that I cut the plug end off the cord that comes from the motor. I use the wire end of the cord that’s attached to the existing switch (keeping the plug end intact). Twist the green wires together and screw them directly to the box. Put the white and black wires from the motor cord to the load side of the new switch and the black and white from the other cord to the power source side. Then use the existing plug to go the wall outlet? I’m sure I’ve got that wrong…lol

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#4 posted 11-23-2016 09:32 PM

Why not get one of these if it already has a plug.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Safety-Switch-for-G2894/W2001

I would fill in the wings with plywood then you can use them for work areas and the like, never been into the iron but to each his own.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 11-23-2016 09:51 PM

Wow….that cleaned up really nice. Looks great! Those additions make it a really slick setup. Well done!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Robin1

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#6 posted 11-23-2016 09:58 PM



Why not get one of these if it already has a plug.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Safety-Switch-for-G2894/W2001

I would fill in the wings with plywood then you can use them for work areas and the like, never been into the iron but to each his own.

- htl

That would be a lot easier! Thank you! Does that just mount in an electrical box? Shouldn’t matter that it’s for a router, correct? (I think wooden extension tables would be a lot more functional- hoping to do that down the line…)

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Robin1

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#7 posted 11-23-2016 10:02 PM


Yep, I put the same switch dschlic1 linked on my jointer (although mine was sold as Shop Fox, I m fairly certain it s the exact same one). It s simple to wire it up, just get some crimp-on quick connects.

I have a Powermatic branded Vega fence. It is excellent. I think you made the right call there!

- HokieKen

On my Vega Fence install, the plates provided for side extension support on the rear rail are higher from the floor than the plates on the front rail. Since the front rail is larger, it makes sense that it would be that way- but there’s no real acknowledgement of it in the instructions. They just indicate that you need to shim the extension to get it flush with the saw table. Was yours the same? (Just want to make sure I did it right! Plus, I want to clarify everything so it might help someone else down the line.) Thanks!

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Robin1

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#8 posted 11-23-2016 11:17 PM


Why not get one of these if it already has a plug.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Safety-Switch-for-G2894/W2001

I would fill in the wings with plywood then you can use them for work areas and the like, never been into the iron but to each his own.

- htl

That would be a lot easier! Thank you! Does that just mount in an electrical box? Shouldn t matter that it s for a router, correct? (I think wooden extension tables would be a lot more functional- hoping to do that down the line…)

- Robin1

I called Grizzly on that plug/switch unit and the tech told me it was only good up to 11 amps- but thank you for the suggestion!

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htl

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#9 posted 11-23-2016 11:41 PM

It’s not that hard to make up your own with a little searching I’ll bet there’s a how to somewhere, diy.
A switch, electric box and extension cord from lowes and you can make your own easy.
Seems like my sears saw like your came with the plug in switch, might pay to check them out at the parts.
Maybe a ton of them on Ebay.
Here's one now.
I just did a search on google and came up with this.
This is what should have come with your saw.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Robin1

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#10 posted 11-24-2016 12:37 AM



It s not that hard to make up your own with a little searching I ll bet there s a how to somewhere, diy.
A switch, electric box and extension cord from lowes and you can make your own easy.
Seems like my sears saw like your came with the plug in switch, might pay to check them out at the parts.
Maybe a ton of them on Ebay.
Here s one now.
I just did a search on google and came up with this.
This is what should have come with your saw.

- htl

I have the intact switch and could use it. It mounts at a strange angle (because of how it was mounted to the original rails) and the cord is fairly short. But I’ll play with it a little and see if I can make it work.

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