|Project by streetgang||posted 05-17-2010 02:57 AM||7905 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
So I’m on craigslist forever looking for a table saw and low and behold I find this 70’s model Craftsman saw and 6” Craftsman jointer for $185… after negotiations. I get it all home and find what many of you know, Craftsman table saw fences blow. I start looking for a replacement and find that I’m gonna have to throw down another two bills just to upgrade. I knew I could build one cheaper, so I search. I dig around the internet and find http://www.twistedknotwoodshop.com/tsquarefence.pdf . Now I’m no blacksmith, I’m an electrician/generator tech, but I work with quite a few welders. I got all the metal and worked what I could down and had my co-workers weld up what I needed welded and after a few months, I got in no hurry, I had what looked like a fence. I worked as well I could off of the afore mentioned prints, got everything fitted up then primered, block sanded the exposed pieces, painted and polished. All in all I ended up with a pretty fine fitting t-square fence. Anybody looking to build thier own and has the means I highly recomend this little project. If your not as lucky to have guys at the ready as I, then swing by a local welding shop, I bet they could get this out for you cheaper and better then what you could purchase new for. Only thing I wish I would have done is to extend it all further left for left hand cuts obvioulsy.
Now for my first real wood working project, building the router station to fill the void to the right of the blade and a proper dust collection cabinet for the saw and router. Let’s see, that involves a torsion box, cabinetry, doors, drawers, doh, what have I gotten myself into.