Upgrade for Craftsman table saw

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Project by daved posted 09-22-2008 07:17 PM 20418 views 38 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built a 4’ x 8’ rolling table for my Sears craftsman 10” table saw. I covered the top with formica and am building a fence. Added a 2HP motor, machined pulleys, flex belt, new bearings on arbor, Woodworker II blade. The top bas and seides are torsion boxes . I found the plans in an old copy of Fine Woodworking

-- Dave Dahlke

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#1 posted 09-22-2008 07:29 PM

That looks really well done :)

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#2 posted 09-22-2008 07:30 PM

Wow, impressive i have seen other tables similar to this but this one is far better. Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#3 posted 09-22-2008 07:34 PM

great execution. i may be upgrading to a new (used) table saw depending how much they will sell it for but if it’s out of my range then i’ll prob do something like this for my own craftsman saw that i currently have. i have reached the limitations of a 24” fence a long time ago.

good job and thanks for posting it!

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#4 posted 09-22-2008 07:51 PM

Sweet setup, wish I had the shop space to do the same. A touch of tool envy….............

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#5 posted 09-22-2008 08:40 PM

From the photo I thought you built an air hockey table. An astounding upgrade!!

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#6 posted 09-22-2008 08:57 PM

That is really cool. I am already trying to calculate my space to see if this would work in my shop.

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#7 posted 09-22-2008 10:15 PM

The only problem I see is that your miter slots do not extend onto the new table top. When your miter gauge bar hits the new table it will stop not permitting you to finish your cuts. Not a big problem as problems go. Just rout some dados in the new table for that purpose.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 09-22-2008 10:46 PM

Nice. Is there any way to easily adjust your fence if it gets our of alignment with your blade?

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#9 posted 09-22-2008 11:04 PM

The saw sits on 4 6’” bolts threaded into a wood platform. This platform can be moved around for perfect fence alignment and then screwed into the lower box you see. There are 4 nuts and fender washers on those bolts that can adjust the height of the saw, you can easily flush it up with the top. There are also 4 small bolts that can adjust out from the sides of the hole the saw is sitting in. After you get the top flush and aligned with your fence you spin those bolts against the steel saw table and that adds more stability. I am going to hinge a router table from one side that can swing up and put legs under it. I am also adding a hinged out feed table that will give another three feet or so for those 4×8 sheets of plywood. I need to make something to keep it from rolling while cutting big sheets of plywood. I have a compound sliding mitre saw and don’t plan on using the mitre slots. You could also put a vacumn hose in the bottom to collect sawdust.

—Dave Dahlke

-- Dave Dahlke

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#10 posted 09-22-2008 11:53 PM


That is a wonderful upgrade to your saw. You have added a lot of functionality to your saw. The fence that you added is a vast improvement over the one that came with your saw.

Well done.

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

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#11 posted 09-23-2008 11:25 PM

Do you have an article title or magazine date/number? It is an interesting upgrade. I am having a bit of trouble understanding the alignment part. I will re-read.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#12 posted 09-24-2008 01:23 AM

I have added two pages (hope you can read it) that explain basic building. I made the saw support out of wood since I thought steel was overkill. This is an old article, i found it in a library and have no idea what issue .
I spent nowhere close to what this guy spent on his. The formica was 45.00, the wood was 100.00. casters can vary greatly depending on size and locking or not. Hardware was about 50.00

-- Dave Dahlke

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#13 posted 09-24-2008 03:43 AM

Okay, got on FWW and looked it up. I couldn’t get to the article, it may not be uploaded to the site. FWW claims the archives are online, but I have found that when I go looking for old stuff that it kicks you to the Tuanton Press “buy back issues” site despite being a paid subscriber to FWW and the site. At any rate it came from Larry Kellam, issue #051, pages 68-70.

May be able to buy a print copy at Craftsman studio

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#14 posted 10-20-2008 05:01 PM

That looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#15 posted 10-29-2008 04:51 PM

What an improvement to an already useful tool! I really like your fence and smooth and mostly rust proof table top. Have you extended the miter gauge slots?

-- Regards, Norm

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