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Blog entry by Tucker posted 03-27-2009 05:42 PM 872 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this sight wile looking for a new rip fence for the ts. It seems every time I use the ts that is the first thing I want to change. I gess I got spoild in high school useing the powermatic cabnet saw w/ the besemer fence. I will have to get over that because there is no way I am ploping down 2 or 3 thousand for a saw. I will have to work on the one I have. The Crafstman I have is good just needs some tuning up (new fence, and maybe a work station).

I have some experienced tools a 1954 SS, late 70’s Craftsman contrators TS, mid 80’s 14” Craftsman bandsaw, and several power tool I inherited from my Grandfather. I used to work at a tool repair shop wile in high school (mainly cleaning up and some minor repair work) so I like to find old (experienced) tools and try and bring them back to life.

I have 18 mo twins so finding time to work on any thing is a challenge. It seem like all I get to do is home repair projects that cost to much to have some one els do it. The last one was new draws for the kitchen the fronts were fine. But the partical boad draw just was not holding up. Priced buying replacements and HD wanted $100 each. That was out so $50 later and all 3 are good to go.

Some of my intrest are wood turnings and boxes.

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 06:48 PM

Welcome aboard, there are some good examples of after market TS fences here, and some home made ones that are even better – check out this one:

there is no need to go the 2-3K powermatic route unless you run a production company, or just really want to spoil yourself.

as you learn – we do what we can with what we’ve got, and then some!

Congrats on the twins!

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 07:58 PM

I would give all I have (no too much!) and all my tools for a couple of 18 months twins!!! what a bblessing!
Welcome to lumber Jocks, you are in the right place!

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 08:06 PM

The powermatic is a dream and will not happen unless something freezes over. The crafstman will do fine.

I have to make do with what I have. Some times I have to look at what tool I have to see how to accomplish the task at hand.

Looking forward to the help I will get from LJ.

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 09:25 PM

Craftsman even offers some upgraded fences. I know my original one was kind of crappy, but i found one that fit my saw that clamped front and rear and was pretty adjustable. i must add, this was a number of years ago, but it didn’t cost that much.

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 09:31 PM

I think your talking about the aline a rip witch is no longer avalable from sears. I am going to make do for now and see if I can get a Delt T2.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-27-2009 11:33 PM

Welcome, again Tucker. I am sure that the twins keep you busy enough not to mention all the other things that you have do do around the house. With all this going on it is no wonder that you have a hard time finding some shop time but enjoy them they will soon morph into an alien species known as teenagers. :)

There have been several LJs who have blogged about installing the T2 fence on their Craftsman saws. The fence that comes with these saws is the biggest drawback to the saw, in my opinion. Replacing it will save you a lot of headaches.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-28-2009 08:22 AM

Welcome. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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