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Blog entry by jenniferljl posted 1934 days ago 4385 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I started my woodworking life with a Black and Decker 13amp $100 table saw last fall. I installed a lam floor with it in October, but frankly…. it’s just not all that one hopes for in a table saw. I’m sure you’ll agree with me on that.

So, I started looking on Craig’s List for a table saw with a steel top, decent-sized working surface and a square fence. Missing from that list was SAFETY! So I found an ad for a Craftsman Electronic TS, Model number 113.290650, went over to look at it. The computer was broken, which I didn’t care about. You could still easily change the depth and angle of the saw blade. But once I got it home (all 10 tons of it!) I realized that it doesn’t have a guard or the like.

So I’m trying to figure out how to make the saw safe without getting rid of it.

-- --If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1934 days ago

Hey Jenifer
You can order parts from sears or there are after market guards you can buy our make,some right here on
LJs . Another option is e bay or Craigslist many times I see them sell parts to saws. What I recommend is a over head guard they also can do dust collection. Since many of us remove our guards when we first buy are saws you might place an ad in your local free paper of again craigslist . The part number is probably on line if you search sears web site. One other possibility is the seller of the saw might find it in the corner of his garage some where. I’m sure others will have great ideas also.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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jenniferljl

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#2 posted 1934 days ago

Hi heirloomJim! Thanks for your advice. I just called Sears and ordered the manual ($7.49), guard assembly ($48.59), spreader ($17.29), and pin & push nut to assemble it, totaling $94.81. The only thing is that I don’t know if it has any dust collection.

BTW, I reread my original post and saw that it implied that I thought these items would “make my table saw safe”—which is ridiculous. I will obviously keep a healthy respect for the dangers inherent in a sharp spinning blade.

So now I’m looking forward to refinishing the table top and fence. What kind of refinishing wax type do you folks recommend? I’m very much a newbie! I have a new random orbital sander that I imagine could help with the labor part.

-- --If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

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Michael Clark

28 posts in 1948 days


#3 posted 1934 days ago

Look under it. I have the same or similar saw. It should have some hooks where the legs met the saw for hanging a dust bag.

-- Sometimes... At night... My router tells me to do things to wood. Bad Things.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1934 days ago

Hey Jenifer
I’m glad it worked out . Finishing is something you’ll get a lot of differant opions about, but it depends on the kind of wood and what kind of look you want at the end. I’m not a big fan of finishing wax unless it’s on top of a real finish. Whats a real finish again it depends on what wood and the look your after. If you want to become more informed about finishing Bob Flexner has a couple good books and if you want to really learn finishing get Charles Neils “finishing A-Z DVD. Also Charles has tips on You Tube.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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jenniferljl

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#5 posted 1934 days ago

Actually, I’ve heard that people use wax on the steel top of their table saw to keep it slick. I take it that you don’t? How do you treat your tabletop?

-- --If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 1934 days ago

Jennifer, any furniture paste wax will work just fine on the saw. I tend like Renaissance wax. It is a little pricey but I bought some about 3 years ago and still have most of it left. Another option that works for me, particularly on difficult rust areas is scrubbing with a scotch brite pad and WD40. I also use T-9 Boeshield to prevent rust from forming. I live in Kentucky where the humidity is always high and rust forms rapidly on my cast iron tops.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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