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How I fixed my table saw (with video)

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Project by ChuckC posted 09-04-2012 03:48 AM 4885 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I managed to break the two hand cranks on my Craftsman table saw. I couldn’t bring myself to buying new ones and it was only the center section that needed repair so I came up with this.

I designed the patch in Sketchup and cut it out on my CNC router.

Turn the sound up!

<iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/oB3Tm_ZOmn4” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”560”></iframe>

Thanks for looking!





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 11:00 AM

Woodworkers … YOU CAN”T STOP THEM!

I love not buying new patrs when you can make one! After all eveythng a woodworker makes are parts that go togeter to complete the project!

Great job on that fix. and thinking outside the box!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 12:25 PM

Way to go. I like to do the same thing. Usually when you remake them, they are better than replacement you could buy

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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dakremer

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 03:35 PM

I want a CNC machine really badly. Great job on the fix!

Can google SketchUp models be transferred directly into a CNC machine/program?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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ChuckC

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks for the great comments! I really don’t consider this a woodworking project but I posted it in case someone else has the same problem.

Sketchup doesn’t natively export G-code but there’s a plugin that let’s you do it.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 04:15 PM

Nice fix , Chuck : )
How much did the CNC unit cost ?
Reminds me of the fix I made on my bandsaw blade tension handle.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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ChuckC

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 04:36 PM

I didn’t keep track when I made it but I have about $800 in it not counting the computer, software, and router.

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Grumpymike

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#7 posted 09-04-2012 04:46 PM

I broke the hand crank on my old tilt head c’man band saw, went to sears parts . com, 36 bucks later … I should have made one like you did … Great fix, and resourcefulness.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 05:05 PM

Cha-Ching ! Thanks Chuck : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Roger

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 12:26 AM

Gr8 fix for your crank. (I think I can say that, can’t I)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 04:50 AM

thanks Chuck
L J´s never stop to amaze when it comes to fix things :-)
latest Pabull with his crank on the drillpress and now you on a Ts :-)
I like your use of a router to plan the bottom on the inside

not to downsice your great use of the CNC but for those of us that can´t afford one
it can be done with a drill and chisel too

thanks for sharing
Dennis

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 04-18-2014 08:40 PM

Show off ! just because I can’t afford to buy one .One of those fancy machines I mean not a handwheel, you rub it in.Now I will feel like the prom queen left at the bus stop to make my own way home LOL you are too cruel for words sob sob.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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scribble

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#12 posted 05-12-2014 06:13 PM

were do you get the metal insert portion for your wood repair?

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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jalexl

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#13 posted 08-05-2015 09:30 PM

Chuck +1

Where did you get the metal insert for the hand wheel fix. My bevel hand wheel just broke on my C-man table saw.
I love the idea fixing things , and thinking outside the box.

thanks

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ChuckC

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#14 posted 08-05-2015 11:12 PM

I reused the insert that fell out of the handle.

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jalexl

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#15 posted 08-06-2015 07:42 PM

Chuck,

Got it. Mine is just plastic. Hence the fact it easily breaks….

thank you for the reply

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