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vintage craftsman tablesaw restoration #2: a new base to stand on

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Blog entry by emart posted 07-14-2013 03:52 AM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: dragging home my impulse buy Part 2 of vintage craftsman tablesaw restoration series no next part

After spending way too long on this I have a new stand for my tablesaw to replace the old one which essentially died in the middle of my hallway. Because my cobblestone patio is so rough I put the hardware from a garden wagon on the stand and widened the wheelbase a bit to make the saw less wobbly when it is being moved. to keep the saw from moving when in use I added some self leveling outrigger legs which block the wheels from turning and make it rock steady. I am already thinking of ways to improve my design such as enclosing the base and adding a storage box for my outriggers and a wrench to install them. Any other add-ons will have to wait until I have more money I can put into this old saw.

As for the machine itself it seems to be in decent shape once I put one of my spare blades in and the saw was cutting pretty cleanly. There is some arbor wobble but that can easily be dressed with a honing stone shown here: next up on my list is making some quick remove tables extensions for the saw and a cross cutting sled and other jigs and fixtures I could never use on my worthless firestorm (if I could get away with it I’d turn that saw into a boat anchor)

Anyways now for pictures:

just as a comparison here is the old stand that was on the saw when i bought it:
when i bought the saw the wheels had essentially crumbled into dust and the stand looked hideous with its crackling paint and general disrepair. once i put new casters on the stand the mounts bent from the shear weight of the saw(im pretty sure it weighs more than me) I may have use for it though as a welding table for my yard i just have to add a metal top to it and sand some of that ugly paint off

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/



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#1 posted 07-14-2013 04:01 AM

Wonderful design, makes it very transportable

-- Norman

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