Life as an Amateur Woodworker #38: Table saw Accessories

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 02-15-2015 09:19 PM 1979 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You buy a new table saw, and think…Great, can’t wait to get going, then you realise it isn’t quite that simple!

The first job was to do something about the pathetic mitre gauge that came with the Craftsman 21883, it was smaller than the one on my old Craftsman table top version. I wanted a mitre gauge I could use to the left or right of the blade, without having to dismantle it, or have two to interchange, the answer was to make a sliding fence.

The existing gauge has built in bolt/screw slots for an additional fence, why they don’t just provide a bigger one I have no idea. So I took a piece of scrap ply cut a slot in it, then routed over the slot to accommodate the carriage bolt heads.

That done and the bolts fitted, I faced it with some 2mm ply I had left over from another project. This covers the bolt heads and slot.

Now I have a mitre gauge that is worth using.

The next item lacking on the saw, is any outfeed support, my old one had a bar that extended out on two rods, but this…nothing. Being Colombia, forget going out and just buying a roller or ball rollers to make a decent outfeed support, they just don’t have them, and importing wasn’t an option.

Therefore it was a case of reverting to the old ways, and to be honest, there is nothing wrong with castors, they just aren’t the in thing!

So off I went and bought a dozen 2” castors, I wanted to make two, so I had options, a wide outfeed, an infeed and outfeed, or two outfeeds in tandem for extra long pieces. They were to be made to saddle my saw horses.

The table saw is 95cm high, the saw horses 76cm, so there had to be some adjustment, and this I did by having a piece of 3/4” ply on either side of the horse, with a piece in the middle which sit on the saw horse

I then fitted a piece of 4” x 2” in the top and attached the castors

and it works fine in all forms, because it is a snug fit on the saw horse, there is no requirement to clamp it in position, which is an asset.

Next, was the cross-cut sled, I hadn’t given this a thought, went to get my existing one of the wall of jigs, and then realised it wouldn’t fit, but I could still use the front and back fence off the old one, they are two pieces of 3/4” ply laminated together, the base overall is 30” x 20” again 3/4” ply and the track rails are mahogany.

The base I have waxed, using my beeswax and mineral oil mixture, it slides easily in the tracks now.

Finally to date, a Mitre sled, I didn’t have one of these previously, relying on my sliding compound mitre saw, but doing more and more mitre joints, I thought whilst making jigs etc, I would add this to the list.

Again the base is 3/4” ply, the mitre fences and the track rails are mahogany, and the back hand rail is 4” x 2” pine, to keep my fingers well away from the action, again the bottom has been waxed.

Next up, a router planing jig!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 12:41 AM

Ingenuity! Thinking outside the box! And some pretty nice plywood! Bet it took a while to write this up?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 12:42 AM

Is the floor tiled or textured concrete?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 01:03 AM

Thanks Tom, we only have two types of plywood here, pine and ‘furniture’, the pine has too many voids to be of much use, so when I need ply I always use the other.

It made a nice change to sit and type for a while :)

As for the Shop floor it is tiled, far easier to keep clean. I bought seconds, cheap, and I have a few spares if I drop something heavy, but so far…! :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 04:32 AM

How do you like that craftsman table saw?

-- Will,

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 04:52 AM

Was your previous saw a Craftsman 10 inch belt driven #113.29992 by any chance? I have one and it has worked fine for me so far….Bought it at a Yard Sale.

-- Valerio, Colorado,

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 11:41 AM

Hi Will, I was a bit worried prior to the purchase, having read some of the reviews, but here in Colombia, choice is very limited if you are working to a budget, I have to say that so far, I am very impressed with the quality and accuracy of the saw, the fact that it has wheels fitted is a bonus, because I have to move it to use it, unless it is just for small projects.

Hi Valerio, no it wasn’t your model, it was a Craftman 10” #31528462, also bought second hand, but I couldn’t adjust it to get a perfect 90° cut, which was a pain.

Cheers Phil

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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