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First Woodworking Project.. Errr I Mean Metalworking Project. Craftsman Table Saw Upgrade.

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Project by streetgang posted 05-17-2010 02:57 AM 4778 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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Dave Price

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 03:16 AM

nice job i have been thinking about doing the same thing for my ridgid ts, although the ridgid fence works great i would like to extend it. hope it works good for you.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 03:29 AM

Very cool…I just built one of these and now you post a great how to site…no, all seriousness. Thanks for posting this site. I think you did a much better job with your site than what I could explain. Thanks

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 04:41 AM

good old fashioned ingenuity great job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 06:01 AM

Wow! That is kick butt. I didn’t realize you could build one yourself. I’ll have to give that some consideration..

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 06:12 AM

That’s some good stuff there Streetgang, good post!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 05:02 PM

I can see an upgrade for my craftman TS coming real soon. Right after I finish building a bathroom vanity, cherry dresser, clock, repairing the wife’s treadmill, cutting the grass, kicking the cat, etc.

I love it. Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 05-18-2010 03:24 AM

Nice job, your patience payed off big time!

-- Wayne,Saint John,NB

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 05:51 PM

Looks good! I have the same basic saw (except Grandpa bought it new in 1953) I’ve rebuilt the fence system with a 53” ShopFox Biesenmeyer style knock-off. It was worth the effort!. One thing that I noticed about your saw that I changed on mine. You are still using the thin metal plate. I took a diegrinder on a small base (kind of like a trim router) and ground the depth down until I could install a plywood insert that I made with a 5/16” lip. It took me about 3 hours to get the depth consistant but, was worth it many times over. I now have several inserts, some I made using phenolic material some with plywood.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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