Well just when I thought the restoration of this saw was complete!
I was busy working my new 13YO table saw when it started to rain, so scuttling off inside I went.
The rain now turned my attention to something different, The dodgy Rip Fence it had.
As you can see there is a bolt missing from the front and rear clamps, not realising the importance of these bolts I simply G Clamped the rear of the fence to the table at 90 deg to prevent it moving.
I decided to replace the bolts, just to see if it made any difference.
Both the threads were stripped out, hence it explains why they were missing.
So I retapped them out to 12mm upped the bolts to 12mm and tightened everything up again.
I then re tested it for movement, it still moved at the back! (that was a waste of time I thought)
So with my hand over the rear section wondering what to do next I worked the locking cam at the front the rear clamp did did move at all, odd I thought, so investigating further I saw a hole in the casting at the back so as every male would do poked my finger in, ...to my surprise I felt some thing springy.
So off with the fence again and upon upending it I saw what looked like a spring loaded locking lever.
Checking the front cam operated lever I determined that there was something missing inside the rip fence.
Right about where you can see a shiny threaded rod now!
So off to the PC to find out more about this wobbly fence, rats nothing at all available anywhere, so I searched a few forums and found a reference to a Craftsman saw fence.
Checking it out this is what I found
Arr ha…. All was now revealed, there is even more parts missing, so I need to make some sort of actuating rod, so setting to work using a bit of threaded rod I came up wirh this fix.
Bingo no more play and locks right on 90 deg everywhere!! I am beginig to like this saw even more!
For your knowledge and interest.
-- Regards Robert