50s(?) Era Craftsman Table Saw- Companion

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Blog entry by firetowerfp posted 04-02-2008 02:33 AM 7464 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys- I promised I would post pictures of my latest project- a 1950s era Craftsman Table Saw… Sorry for the bad pic quality- these were taken with my cell phone. I’ll have better pictures taken when it is fully assembled and in working order…

All torn apart- whoever stored it was smart and poured motor oil over the whole thing

The base alone weighs about 25 pounds

Halfway assembled and all polished up

Table top after 3 coats of Butchers Paste Wax


Made a plate insert out of Ash

One solid fence and table

Not quite done yet, have yet to put all the nuts and bolts back where they belong (and obviously get a motor and mount it).

Does anyone know the best way to get oil off the painted base? I’ve tried paint thinner and heavy duty engine degreaser with very limited success. Also, what kind of motor should I pair up with this beast?

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 06:46 AM

Gunk engine degreaser, from an auto parts store
I have this old one sitting unused in my basement from a garage sale
old craftsman table saw

old craftsman table saw

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 06:48 AM

I have been looking for one of those for a long time. Great little saw.

Brake cleaner will get anything off of anything.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 07:30 AM

And Acetone ,
one of the few solvents that can be used on fibreglass.
Acetone will remove paint and melt plastic and is not the best
thing to came in contact with your skin. But I’ve used it to
remove Gorilla Glue stains on my fingers.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 03:33 PM


That looks like my old saw. I sold it in 1970 for $25.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 03:22 AM

I’ve tried that Gunk foaming engine degreaser, and several tries with brake cleaner, both did marginally. I haven’t tried acetone, but if I do, definitely with caution!

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 06:49 AM

The top looks good, you are trying to clean the casting for the base?
That you might be able to soak it in Krud Kutter full strength.I’ve done
that with a cast iron Bar B Q burner with some success.

I picked that old Craftsman for about that price.
It has a 3/4 HP 1725 RPM motor, Thats looks like it
may have come from a large blower. Draws a lot
of amps on start wired to 110V. I havn’t turned it on
in 5 years. I should rebuild it like firetowerfp.
The rpm should probably be higher? But that
could be adjusted with the pulley size. I think
a direct drive saw probably is in the 3000 rpm range

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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