A journey into the workshop. #21: Bye bye chicken legs!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-10-2009 02:45 AM 1680 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well they came! Sears item 22219 Wide Table Leg Kit for Craftsman model 22811 table saws. Now to refresh the memory of those that don’t recall, the 22811 was a Ryobi BT3000 table saw, with a Craftsman label on the front, and a different hand wheel.

The leg kit is a functional match for the no longer available Ryobi accessory for my BT3100.

I do say functional as the leg kit is NOT a cosmetic match, as the BT3100 stand legs splay instead of take a trip straight down, and the paint is the more metallic gray of the BT3000 instead of the lighter gray, matte finish of the BT3100.

Assembly was a challenge as the package included NO INSTRUCTIONS WHATSOEVER. (Good job Sears!). A careful observation of where the holes are, the promo pic on the Sears website, and a healthy dose of mechanical aptitude allowed me to figure out how to assemble it, almost…

The adjuster foot bolts supplied did NOT thread smoothly into the threaded holes in the bottoms of the legs. Upon closer inspection, I found that the threaded holes in BOTH of the legs had LARGE burrs that should have been cleaned up by the quality control folks at either Sears or Ryobi before this got out the door. A tap, some threading oil and I was back in business.

With the threads chased, all went together, and adjusted up as expected. I attempted to test the fence for smooth operation, and found that it bound toward the end as it tended to do after my original legs started twisting on me. I took a closer look only to find that my housekeeping was the problem. It would appear that In sweeping up hand planer shavings to the floor, a good number of them ended up somehow finding their way into the rails of the fence. A quick pickup with the shop vac and it glides like new again…

The weather has finally cooled off. I have some free time, so out to the shop I go to get more done on the cleanup. Wish me luck folks!

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#1 posted 10-10-2009 03:11 AM

By the way, I posted to, where I missed the pictures of your mess for some reason. Jotted down some stuff re my canoeing days as well.

Glad you got the legs, and the fence problem cleared up. I have been fairly useless today, but I am building a mount for my Wixey digital caliper so that it can be used in jigs, such as for tuning, saw height, etc. Fussy, dainty work…for my old hands. It is a fun thing, rather than actually tuning my saw with my new blade in it. I’m a sucker for digital, then I can just read numbers instead of interpolating on the ruler. Lazy. Our weather is surprisingly warm, meaning 50 degrees today. Sherie was just noting that the leaves on the maples were actually going to turn all the way and fall off this year, instead of freezing in place kinda green….

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 10-10-2009 04:53 AM

Maples? You have Maples? I have to go to a state park here to see a maple tree. There is a canyon in South West Texas where some Cajuns settled coming down from Canada, they brought maple saplings with them, now the whole canyon is filled with them…. It’s called, what else but Lost Maples State Park…

Typically I run out of steam in the evening before LOML does. Tonight is odd, she is out cold, and I am wide awake… Go figure.

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#3 posted 10-10-2009 06:46 AM

I am the same way, normally Sherie is up for an hour or two beyond what I am, but then again she is 15 years younger than I. But then, I am up before she is. Right now she is out teaching a knitting class. I am goofin’ around, making a pork loin with veggies…....she will probably come home and eat left overs.

Our maples are carefully planted, not native, and are some hardy, fast growing species. We do have a 40 year old crab apple tree with excellent tasting apples on it. Some friends picked some for jelly, but we didn’t have time this year. The rest of apples will be eaten by the Bohemian Waxwings, lots of fun watching them. Before we fenced in the yard the moose used to come in and eat them (they are fermented by mid winter) and then fall asleep underneath the tree….....obviously a little drunk…....

You know, I am searching for places to find good wood to make stuff from, even the simple book ends I am planning to be my “FIRST REAL FURNITURE PROJECT”. Well, got to go rescue dinner…...listenening to Allison Krause Union Station, DVD video….... simple entertainment….....

Take care…....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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