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Craftsman Table Saw 113.298240 Restore

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Blog entry by jlabos posted 05-14-2014 11:50 PM 1511 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been putting together a woodworking shop in my basement. My father in-law has a pretty nice set up in his but since I moved over an hour away I decided to build my own. He has a nice older Craftsman contracting saw that I thought would be a nice size for my shop and I was able to find one on Craigslist for $75.00. The ad said that the saw has been sitting for almost 20 years in the garage and has been used as a table. The top was flat but rusty. The blade would crank and tilt but was hard and squeaky. The blade turned by hand and was smooth. I took the belt off and ran the motor which started and sounded fine. It had the miter, fence and blade guard. I offered the lady $60 and took it home.

The plan is to sand the rust, clean and lube the gears. Change the belt and end up with a good old running saw.
I will post the progress.



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tomd

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 12:11 AM

I bought one new in 85 and still have it, runs great. A link belt is a good idea.

-- Tom D

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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 12:58 AM

That will make a good saw. If it came with a sears fence replace the fence. The factory fence is impossible to get to stay square.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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PensbySean

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 01:02 AM

I received one from a dear friend that originally was his fathers. Put a new fence, belt, and wheels and it is better than anything that you can buy at sears today.

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 01:15 AM

I got one of these in a field a few years ago and restored it. As others have pointed out, I replaced the fence with a Delta T2 and it serves me well. You might want to make a few ZCIs too. Good luck with the restoration.

If you’re interested, my forum discussion of the restore of my Craftsman 113 is here. I should convert this to a blog . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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NormG

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 01:28 AM

Congrats, hope the shop builds out nicely

-- Norman

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jlabos

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 02:10 PM

Dan – I took a look at your restore. You really had your hands full bringing that one back. Couldn’t believe that someone painted the entire saw black. I’m hoping to have a delta t2 fence on my saw one day.

I had an old Rockwell 9” direct drive table saw with a stamped steel top. I never really liked using it. It was small and when you would turn it off the blade would just free spin for ever. The Craftsman will be much better.

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olhippie

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#7 posted 05-16-2014 02:40 PM

This is the same saw I am working on now. I hope I can pick your brain for some ideas and so on. I will keep you as a friend or whatever on here so I do not lose you.
Bruce

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EEngineer

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#8 posted 05-16-2014 03:07 PM

Good saw and a good price. The 113 saws were made by Emerson for Sears. I have one even older than that – you can see it here.

I used naval jelly (phosphoric acid) to remove the rust. If I was to do it again today I would use Evaporust. I don’t recommend sanding – it removes too much material. You can still see the original machining marks on my table.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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srzsrz

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#9 posted 06-28-2014 02:55 AM

I bought probably that exact same saw from a guy who was moving to a nursing home last week! I was going to pay just $35 for it, but when I was there he also sold me two outfeed rollers on stands, a small benchtop router table, a grinder, and a small vise. All told $100, including a dado set and some blades for the saw and bits for the router. I’m sure there’ll be hours and hours of cleaning and repairing in that saw, but the whole point of a hobby is to waste time, right?

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srzsrz

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#10 posted 06-28-2014 03:03 AM

Also, I love naval jelly. I have a bunch of black steel fencing around the yard, with fiddly little ornamental finials that like to fall off. Those things really should be powder coated, but what do you want, this one is rusty and I sure ain’t paying to replace it. I fixed up the rusty bits with nothing but naval jelly and black spray paint and now it looks fine.

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