My grandfather was a carpenter and home builder, he put together this table that was used for that purpose. It was handed down to my dad and it’s the tool I used to create my woodworking projects from age 10 until I moved out. It was built in the 50’s with a Craftsman arbor and motor, oak and hand formed sheet metal for the dustbin.
The fence is adjustable using a novel hand-crank to move it towards and away from the blade. It works pretty good, there is some consistency issues that require checking the accuracy when the fence is run in and out (having to do with how the table top is mounted, not the fence itself)
To control the blade depth, there is another hand crank on the front that lifts the table up. The table top can be flipped back to have full access to the blade (the top is retrained with a piece of chain).
This is not a safe saw to use with the belt exposed by the table top, lack of a blade guard and no ground on the plug. But it was used for hundreds of projects, and despite the dangerous appearance, not on finger was lost to it!
UPDATE: my cousin sent me a picture of a belt sander my grandfather built as well (I was unaware of this rig).
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