1953 ERA Craftsman Table Saw re-built

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Blog entry by cbMerlin posted 03-09-2010 03:48 PM 12311 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recieved this 1950’s era Craftsman table (113.221611) saw from my Dad a while back. It was sitting out in his garage for years with a piece of plastic on top. I was so eager to get this project started, I didn’t think to take “before” pictures. As I was getting into it, I started to take a few shots:

This is the cabinet after stripping and a coat of primer.

This is a few parts in varying stage of re-finish.

This one of the side panels, stripped, primed and six coats of industrial enamel.

This is the cast iron top(“after”) It was in pretty bad shape, lots of rust & lots of elbow grease!

Lots of cleaning on the under carriage. I added a link belt.

Turned out pretty well, my shop partner liked it! (I still miss her – she passed a while back)

Passed the nickel test….....but what about a penny?

Yes, it passed the penny test

I put more wood through this table saw in the last year than it probably had in it’s prior 50+
I can just barely remember my Dad using this saw to build mom new kitchen cabinets when I was probably about 5 and now I used it to build new cabinets for my wife! Say what you want about Craftsman tools, not many bells & whistles, but still gets the job done!

-- Sawdust looks better in the garage than cars, explain that to your wife!

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David Craig

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 04:44 PM

Thanks for posting the restore. You did an awesome job. Lots of elbow grease but it looks like it paid off very nicely. I think the thing with Craftsman tools is that the company does not have a low cost line with a different name like Ridgid/Ryobi, Bosch/Skil, etc. So people have a tendency to expect the quality of the high cost Craftsman tools from the low cost, low quality versions. They make good tools, if you are willing to purchase the higher end models.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 05:07 PM

Looks great. Always nice to have a tool passed down in the family. I have my grandfathers jointer and it will probly outlast some built today.
Nice job!

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 06:01 PM

That is amazing. I use an old Delta. I have no idea when it was made. I will not buy a new one when I get my own shop and I will remember this project. I bet your wife really enjoyed the new cabinets also! What a great story!

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 12:52 AM

I love to see old rusted tools brought back to life, and you did an amazing job with this one!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 03:30 AM

What a great heritage you have there. Here’s hoping you can pass it down to another generation!

-- What? Me worry?!

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 08:48 AM

Craftsman did have a lower quality line of power tools. They were called Dunlop. I have a 1950 model Craftsman 8” table saw that I got from my father-in-law. I thought I needed a “better” 10” TS and bought a Delta contractor saw. The 1950 Craftsman is far better, and I was able to get bearings and a few other parts a few years ago direct from Sears. There is quite a bit of information, though it takes some searching, on

Have fun with your restoration, and you will have a quality saw, good for another 50 years.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 03:25 AM

With all he nice new tools out there that have lots of features. The old ones have a great place in the shop. I too have a 1950’s craftman table saw from my dad.

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#8 posted 10-14-2011 10:22 PM

nice job.

-- THE KNOWZ :⊃)

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