|Project by Emeralds||posted 10-07-2008 01:22 AM||3422 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
This has been in the planning stages for a few months and I finally got to work on it last week. For my 10 year old Craftsman TS, today was the big day for its jump from contractor to cabinet saw. I’ve always loved this tool as it’s been a rock solid performer since I bought it from its original owner. Even its laughable rip-fence is completely useable and dependable once you know how to deal with it. (Within the next two days it will have been replaced as well.) The one thing that always drove me crazy was trying to move this 283 lb beast on the spindly mobile base it came with. I found this conversion design in one of the many books I get every month from the library and decided this was the time.
Tomorrow I begin framing in the router table that will occupy the right side of the cabinet. I will post more pictures of the completed unit when it’s finally done.
This has been a really fun project so far and I recommend anyone with the room for a conversion like this to go for it.
BTW – I took the chance to re-adjust the saw while I had it apart and it hums like baby now and really does pass the “nickel” test (although I did mine with a lock washer).