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Blog entry by hairy posted 05-16-2012 05:11 PM 2710 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I convinced myself that I need a small tablesaw in my basement. I have a big one in my garage, but I have to move 2 cars to use it. Craigslist came through for me with a Craftsman Model 103.02041, from back in the 1940’s. Here’s the pic from the ad.

It was in use up to when the owner recently upgraded. It’s in great working shape. It was missing 1 small part that I was able to fabricate. The drawer mount was busted, and there is a big hole cut in the bench , under the saw,right where the drawer is. I moved the drawer to the back of the bench, and use the hole as a dust collection port.

I made a crosscut sled and a miter sled. Big thanks to stevinmarin for the miter sled video. It really is that easy

The on/off toggle switch is built into the motor, so I added a switch in the cord where it is easier to use. The saw has a 1/2” arbor, so I’m using 7 and 1/4” circular saw blades with adaptor rings from 5/8” to 1/2”. I have 1 and 9/16” of blade above the sled. If I need more tablesaw than that, I’ll move the cars.

It’s a tilting table, not a tilting arbor. I spent some time making sure the blade was square to the table, then adjusted the stop to keep it there. I thought this was a good time for a Wixey. I set it on the table , zero it out, then crank the table to what angle I need.

With the saw, the Wixey, a half sheet of 1/2” baltic birch plywood, the dust collector fitting, and a new sawblade, I’m right at $120. These old saws are well made and easy to adjust and maintain. If you’re in the market, give these old tools a second look. There’s a lot of work left in Old Blue.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 05:37 PM

That is a nice looking little table saw Harry – I love older tools. I am also keeping the link to the simple table saw miter video as I really need to get one of those built!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 06:17 PM

Although I’m not that familiar with this model, I started my earliest woodworking on a late ‘50s Craftsman 7 1/2” saw with the hammered bronze finish, under my father’s eye. More recently, I’ve passed on so many vintage saws either because of the 1/2” arbor, or nonstandard mitre slots, i.e. not 3/4” X 3/8”. And now I wish I’d been a little more flexible! Great find on a great saw, Hairy!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 06:45 PM

Glad it works for you ,those oldies can be goodies.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 11:11 PM

These are the tools I like to see . The older the better, still got a LOT of life in them.
Thanks for sharing !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 12:02 AM

probably better than a new one from sears

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 06:22 AM

Old is Gold!

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 12:51 PM

Nice little saw, hairy.

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 01:18 PM

Blue you my boy Blue! My uncle posesses my grandfathers first tablesaw, the small gold version of that craftsman. Ive been tasked with a full on restoration of it in the coming months / years or whenever i can free up the time.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 08:25 PM

I have a very similar or identical saw to this one and it has served me well. Bought it 25 years ago. Still using it.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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