Hello Lumberjocks -
I’m renting a house that came with an old table saw in the basement – a Craftsman – made by King Seeley Corporation.
I found a good description of it here: http://www.old-woodworking-tools.net/craftsman-king-seeley-model-no-10322160-8-table-saw.html and the manual here: http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/detail.aspx?id=1159
Eventually I hope to buy a house and get a “real” table saw, but in the meantime, I thought I’d see what I could do with this one. I tried to saw through a 3/4” piece of walnut and mostly got smoke! Decided to get a new blade and see if that would fix it. I took off the old blade and saw it was a 7 1/4” with a 5/8th arbor. Not having downloaded the manual yet, I went ahead and ordered the same size blade from Amazon – a thin kerf Freud Diablo. Well, right away I realized that the arbor was the wrong size – and I’m not sure how the previous owner got the old blade centered on the arbor without some kind of adapter, but I did not see one when I took it off. Back to the drawing board… downloaded the manual and found out that the King Seeley took a 8” blade with a 1/2” arbor. Could not find such a thing, so instead ordered an 8” blade with a 5/8th arbor: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004T7PQ/ref=oh_o04_s00_i01_details, and a 5/8th to 1/2” bushing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RK80/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details This made the saw run a lot smoother…. but now realized the belt had memorized the position it had been in for the last 10 years or so since it had been used – so did a little research and got one of the 1/2” power twist link belts. It was getting better! But still not passing the nickel test. Wondering why, I took it apart and noticed the arbor pulley was bent. I ordered a new one of those – and since they were only about $5 each, I got one for the motor as well. Finally it was running pretty smooth and I was able to make good cuts – but noticed that when cutting at 45 degree angles, the saw was way underpowered when using hard wood… So I decided to upgrade the motor from the original 1/2hp to a 1hp Grizzly.
All together I spent about $225.00 upgrading the saw. Well, I probably could have bought a newer and better saw on Craigslist for that price, but at least I had some fun and learned a few things about table saws. In the end I made a box for my wife out of cocobolo. The design was based on one by Claude Godcharles who teaches woodworking at a woodworking store in Belmont, CA. Here’s the box in the middle of being coated with a poly-acrylic. I found that reconditioning the saw was as much fun as making the box.