Workbench #4: uh oh... I let the smoke out of my table saw...

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Blog entry by Matt posted 08-04-2014 01:25 AM 906 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well… this might slow the project down a bit…

My table saw is now parked in my driveway just in case it re-ignites during the night. It was a cheap craftsman, but it s the only table saw I’ve got. Smoke was pouring out from under it filling the garage with noxious fumes.

So… what to do now? I wasn’t really ready to go invest, but maybe now is the time…. can I get something worthwhile for $500? I’ve watched CL a bit and see very expensive and saws slightly better than mine (in the burnt condition) for short money, and the odd rusty boat anchor marked ‘vintage’ for $1500.

Advice where to start looking?

-- I do this for fun.

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 02:47 AM

Not sure what constitutes Central Mass….
Western Mass CL has a ton of TSs….

I would look for a C’man 113.xxxxxx for $75.00 to $125.00.
Just look for one that may only have surface rust.
Do a quick clean up and install an after market Vega fence ($200.ish).
You could have a very good saw for around $300.00…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 02:49 AM

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this…listen to Randy.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 10:09 AM

What no gory pictures? Boo hiss !!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 02:13 PM

If I were in your shoes, I would visit the yard sales and flea markets to look for more hand saws. But, that’s just me….

Decent table saws are always showing up in Craigslist.

Good luck in finding a servicable one !

-- Ed

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