Finally building up my own shop! #2: welcome to table saw city

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Blog entry by oweno posted 05-01-2012 12:58 AM 1414 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: router table is almost done and big enough for a tank Part 2 of Finally building up my own shop! series Part 3: Almost finished the assemble on the workbench! »

So i finally got sick of the crappy mitre bar that came with my dad’s table saw that I’ve been borrowing so I built him a crosscut sled (pic below.) But of course 5 minutes after I finish finetuning it my Uncle calls from 2 states away and says,”Hey, I’m bringing you that table saw I said I’d give you 8 months ago… tomorrow.” I signed “for dad” on the back of the sled and brought the whole saw back to his house. At least if I need to build another one I got some practice.

When the table saw my Uncle brought came I was amazed. It’s a 3hp craftsman contractor saw that must be about 20 years old but is in flawless shape there isn’t even any dust on the trunions. It’s almost the same height as the router table I’m building too so not much adjustment will be necessary for using the router table as an outfeed table as well. The killer part though was that it came with a 50” aftermarket fence that is excellent (pic below – pieces on bench). There is no manufacturer’s label on the parts and I’m wondering if anybody recognizes it. Anyway, I am one lucky guy.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 05:44 AM

The fence looks like the Delta T2. Are the faces aluminium or HDPE? The T2 came standard on the Delta open cabinet 1.5 hp contractor saw. Pretty nice fence really. The older Cman saws are a good deal. I’d consider myself lucky. If it were not a gift from a close relative, I give you the daily “You Suck” award. It’s pretty close so “You Kinda Sorta Almost Suck”. Enjoy.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 11:35 PM

the faces are aluminum, and yes I do sort of suck for getting such an awesome setup just for being alive. thanks for the identifying help.


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#3 posted 05-02-2012 05:13 AM

Is he in need of any further nephews? Great opportunity, it is a great saw and excellent fence

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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