|Project by TObenhuber||posted 03-16-2016 11:32 PM||809 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
The weather is getting nicer and I was able to get out to the shop. I have been delaying some improvements to my table saw. I have a 30+ year old craftsman contractor tablesaw. It is overall a great saw for the price range but I have been wanting to add a few things.
The first thing I added was the extension wing made from some ripped down 2X material and a ply wood top. All scrap laying around from recent projects. The wing was very simple but if you want more details I can definitely draw up some plans in sketchup and send them to you. This project also got me to remove the fence guides, install the wing, slide the guides over to expand the rip capacity from 18”ish to 24”+, adjust the fence guides for parallel (which has been long coming since I bought the saw a few years ago), reinstall all of the bolts and done. I am very happy with the results and it seems the fence goes to parallel much easier now. I highly recommend doing this if you haven’t already. I have used the expanded capacity already and wish I had done it sooner.
The second adjustment was to the base. Anyone who owns or has worked with this style saw knows the lack of strength the original base has. All sheet metal and bolts. Plus the dust falls straight on the floor and pretty much anywhere else it can possibly get to. I mainly did this for the strength but decided to build in the passive collection as a bonus. The bones are primarily cheap scrap plywood and more 2X material ripped to appropriate size. The saw rest on top of the cabinet with an opening proportional to the existing hole on the saw. I still need to make a box for the dust to fall into but never enough hours in a day. Again, it is basic cabinet building with a few strengthening members in certain places to handle the load and add some weight. I also still need to find some better wheels. The one I have on it currently are just not up to snuff and will be changed at a later time.
Again, I didn’t use any plans and built this as I went. Its all basic construction with strength added in certain places. If you are interested in sketchup plans I can draw them up and email them to you.
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