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Table Saw Restore #1: Cleaning and Repairs

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Blog entry by olhippie posted 08-26-2014 09:49 PM 1061 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been storing this Craftsman table saw for about 12 years with the intention to fix it up and use it. Now that I have a place to actually set it up and use it I am off to the races.
I will post photos but as of this morning I haven’t taken any yet. The Saw model# is 113.298470. Steel wool, elbow grease and some PB Blaster cleaned the table top up fine, a spot weld was broken on the rear support below the motor bracket, got that welded yesterday.
Now my issue is building a slick rolling stand to mount it on, looking around I am going to use some of the ideas I have seen here specifically the dust collecting bin below the saw, a pull out bin. I am on a tight budget so I will be using what I have on hand if at all possible, but the wheels are going to be an expense and I am seriously considering buying a router and IF I can find an attachment to fit on my saw that would be a big plus.
The weight is an issue too, I took the two stamped steel table extensions off and that made it possible to pick it up and move it, but don’t want to strain my milk, so I am not into moving it willy nilly. I will post photos of what I think I want to do to it in my next post and also will visit the ones I have seen on here and pose some questions. Wish me luck
Bruce



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10ring

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 01:55 AM

Your experiance caused me a trip down memory lane . I too aquired a old sears saw (cira 1952) A friend of a friend said I could have it free if I would just haul it away.Sound too good to be true? when I pulled into his drive there it sat in the rain.The table and grid wings were orange with rust.the plywood stand it sat on was caveing in and the blade squeaked when I rotated it. Well; I never have been known for good judgement, so I loaded it into the back of my pick-up and hauled it home.Six months and a small amount of money I finally had a reasonably accurate saw. I used it for about ten years and passed it on to my son and he still uses it…...As for your portable table/rolling stand harbor freight has a moving dolly for less than $10 casters cost more than that.

Dwight 10ring

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 03:09 PM

+1 on HF. But forget that moving dolly! I just wasn’t impressed with those casters. But my HF has lots of casters loose in bins in the back of the store and many of them are heavy-duty/good quality – others, not so much! I have used them on several projects so far and spent one helluva lot less than I would have at the big woodworking stores or Mcmaster.

I also have an old Craftsman that I restored (see it here). I have used it for about 6 years now after restoring and I honestly don’t think I will ever need another saw. I am not a pro, just a weekend warrior, and I don’t think I will ever need more saw than this delivers. BUUUUT, I have been planning a better stand/workstation for it as long as I have been using it so I am quite interested in what you come up with!

Good luck! How about lotsa pictures? I love watching old iron get restored and, as I said, I might steal some of your ideas for my saw as well.

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

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 03:10 PM

+1 on HF. But forget that moving dolly! I just wasn’t impressed with those casters. But my HF has lots of casters loose in bins in the back of the store and many of them are heavy-duty/good quality – others, not so much! I have used them on several projects so far and spent one helluva lot less than I would have at the big woodworking stores or Mcmaster.

I also have an old Craftsman that I restored (see it here). I have used it for about 6 years now after restoring and I honestly don’t think I will ever need another saw. I am not a pro, just a weekend warrior, and I don’t think I will ever need more saw than this delivers. BUUUUT, I have been planning a better stand/workstation for it as long as I have been using it so I am quite interested in what you come up with!

Good luck! How about lotsa pictures? I love watching old iron get restored and, as I said, I might steal some of your ideas for a saw stand as well.

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

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 06:30 PM

I love my Craftsman TS. When I purchased it, it was a rust pile. Went through four wire brushes cleaning it up. Also two cans of spray paint. I purchase four casters which have a threaded bolt on them. Removed the feet and replaced the feet with the castors. Casters have brakes on them. Works fine, however metal on the legs has been rusted out enough that they bend due to the weight. HF also has a regular mobile base for equipment.

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