About two weeks ago, I was browsing craigslist and saw an estate sale listed for that Friday. It promised buckets of tools, machinist equipment, and industrial stuff. It didn’t start till 11, and I knew that wasn’t gonna fly since I needed to be to work at 8:30. And it was in the opposite direction.But Saturday morning rolled around, and I found I was dreaming about it all night. So I said, why not, i’ll try for sloppy seconds. My wife, having recently realized just how...
I bought my Craftsman table saw about 6 years ago now and it’s been a good saw as long as you took extra special care to ensure the horrid fence it came with was straight each and every time you moved it. The fence system that came in these saw is appalling to say the least and down right garbage when compared to a good biesemeyer style fence. Last week using the saw, I moved the fence and spent several minutes trying to get it straight so I didn’t ruin the beautiful piece of curl...
I recently inherited my grandpa’s vintage 10” craftsman table saw. It had a broken fence and was on a wobbly metal cart that had been pieced together. I have no idea honestly if he ever ripped anything more than 3-4” on it because of the fence. Anyways, the saw runs great and I want to put it to good use. Some of the problems presenting me were: 1) Saw will be in a garage shared with other stuff2) The stand and fence needed to be replaced3) My young kids play in the garag...
While I have been turning small stuff for a while, I guess I never really took the time to write about it. My first introduction to turning was when I was a youngster. my cousin was turning bowls and vessels and he would let me monkey around with the lathe just turning small spindles for fun – I never really learned techniques, but just went along with it picking it up as I go. As of late I started turning metal, and tried to turn a few small wooden parts, and while it works, I wo...
6:30 am looking at Craig’s list- Table saw for $100, picture looks like Delta with cast iron extension wings thatcost $100 each. Phone number says call or text, this time of the morning, I text asking where & when I canbuy this table saw thinking there has to be something wrong with it. Wait patiently, I have to be at work at8:30. A friend has 2 slabs of corian and we have to cut & form front edges and back splash pieces as well as get the slabs trued up. 7:00 am he texted bac...
Hi all, I just had to tell someone about the Delta Unifence Saw Guide 30” I just bought for $50. I just drilled two holes in the aluminum rail and mounted it on my Delta table saw and it works great. It says 1996 so it is an older model, but is in great condition and built to last. I have been struggling with the rip fence that came with the saw (that I bought in 1996) every time trying to get it parallel with the blade. It would either start to bind and burn the blade or wood or give m...
Spent several hours yesterday putting together a drawing in Sketchup (SKU) for the under the wing storage cabinet for my Delta Contractor table saw. I have a Biesemeyer fence on the saw with the 30” extension so I have a large space underneath the right wing. The tall drawer on the right is a pull out that will have a panel in the middle, with access to both sides, that will allow me to store saw blades, dado blades, etc. on dowel pegs. The drawers is where I can keep various items u...
Every wood worker has to start somewhere. My somewhere began with the purchase of a Shop Smith and this began the evolution of my woodworking tools. My mother and father had a friend that was selling their Shop Smith multi tool system back in the mid 1990’s and I was lucky enough to purchase it. This Shop Smith is perfect for doing small projects but not big construction jobs like I was used to. I decided that buying this system gave me a reason to put my creativeness to work and begin doing ...
Recently my Delta 50-763 dust collector stopped working. When I turned on the power all I’d hear was a loud humming noise but no motor revolutions. After doing some research and speaking with the folks at Delta we determined it was a bad motor starting capacitor. If you’d like to learn more about how to replace it please check out an article I wrote on my own site. http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/how-to-replace-start-capacitor-dust-collector-motor/
We were over at my mom’s place the other night, and the guy she’s been shacked up with for the last twenty years (they refuse to get married, but they’re lifers) offered me his old delta 6” jointer out of the attic of his shop. Needs a little cleaning, as you can see, but he told me it worked just fine. Well… my new-found tool-restoration enthusiasm got the better of me, and I had the thing in dissected not long after taking this photo (without ever taking ...
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