Craftsman table saw restoration

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Blog entry by dask posted 05-21-2012 01:53 AM 3717 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope putting this as a blog is OK. If not moderators may move it.

To start off, on a weekly basis I have been visiting my recycling center where I live. I always find useful junk for woodworking and my metal projects (just bought a Lincoln HD140 welder on Craigslist).
I had noticed months ago in the corner of the property there was what seemed to me the carcass of a table saw without the top placed upside down in high grass and dirt. Out of curiosity this past Sat I decided to go take a look at the TS for scrap parts. I tried lifting it and at first it wouldn’t budge…after a nice hard tug it revealed itself to me.
The TS was sitting on a pallet, grass had made it virtually invisible and it had a top. It was missing the motor but it seemed to have all the makings of a great restoration project. The blade spun easily and without any gritty noise so the bearings must be fine. Its missing the motor mount plate and Sears sells them for $26 bucks +shipping, but since I have the welder I’m sure I could fabricate a motor mount for next to nothing.

I’m either going to get a Delta fence system that runs in the mid 100’s for price or fabricate one on my own.
The top was rusty so before I made any wild plans I wanted to see if there was any pitting or damage from the rust.
Anyway, here’s a few pics:

Took about 15 minutes with the wire wheel first and then the palm sander…the 3rd pic is to show that the rust didn’t create any recognizable damage.

How it looked when i got it home

After 15 min of working on it

Close up and shiny

BTW…its model #113.29940 and built in Dec of 1970.
More pics and progress of restoration to follow and please any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 05-21-2012 02:09 AM

I’m a rare guy as I am a Craftsman fan :) I’ll be watching this thread!

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 02:10 AM

I have a 113.298762…1996.

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 06:42 PM

I just retired my old craftsman and it is taking up space in my garage.
It may have useful parts you might need, including the working 2hp motor, mounting and base stand. PM me if you’re interested.
(Not free, but certainly for cheap.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 08:03 PM

This saw is bulletproof…I’ve only gotten into woodworking in the past 6 months but I was in construction most of my life, so i know a quality tool when i see and touch it. I’ve seen the name craftsman referred to as “Crapsman”, but if this is how crap is built, then give me more. I cleaned up the fence last night and reassembled the micro adjustment mechanism with a spring from a salvaged printer and it works fine. The fence grips very tight and has zero deflection…I’m in no hurry to build or buy a new fence.

Another thing I admire about this saw…look at the wording above the MFG DATE on the label. MADE IN USA…not some crap built overseas and mostly made of plastic. Built in 1970 when this country hadn’t sold its manufacturing soul to China.

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 08:05 PM

Looking Good So Far !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 09:22 PM

What a great find. I’m looking forward to seeing the final restored saw.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 09:24 PM

Great find!

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 04:39 AM

Great job, I bet it cleans up very well and will hum right along

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 07:48 PM

I’ve been searching on craigslist and ebay for AC motors and have been overwhelmed at the prices. 1 HP motors ranging $100+then add delivery. At the price of the motor I can find a TS for almost the same price.
So back to the recycling center and I’ve had my eye on his motor for months that was attached to a pressure washer.
What do you guys think? Any suggestions?
RPM are what is required.
1 to 1.5 is recommended for HP, but I don’t think 2 HP will cause any problems.
At 17A its gonna have a little more juice than the standard motors.
Dual capacitors!
5/8 keyed shaft.
So if this motor will fit my needs all that’s missing is a a machined or cast iron pulley on the trunnion and motor, a link belt, a padle switch and a motor bracket that go for $12 on eBay delivered.

BTW…The motor cost me $10 bucks…


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#10 posted 05-31-2012 08:23 PM

IF you have “Farm & fleet store, or it’s owner, Tractor Supply Company ( TSC) nearby, go in and look around at all the motors and pullies they have. They will even have the “key’ stock, and set screws you ‘ll need. Yes, i said Screws, as in two per pulley. DAMHIKT. The motor hanging on the back ofmine uses a dual pulley, and twin belts.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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