|Forum topic by SteveMI||posted 10-12-2009 01:17 AM||1074 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-12-2009 01:17 AM
Calling all LJs,
For once I am asking for advise before plunging into something. I bought an older Craftsman 113 series TS. This series was made by Emerson Electric up to 1998 and near identical to Rigid TS2424 sold by HD right afterwards. Owners manuals of the two saws compare very closely and it is obvious that some of the graphics were reused.
It has the Craftsman upgraded fence, Align-a-rip. It is: left tilt, belt drive, 3,450 rpm, cast iron table, and cast iron wings. Wings are the lattice type.
I have never owned or used a TS this size before. I had a “hobby” direct drive crapsman up to this TS.
My idea is to reconfigure the TS as follows;
I plan to build several crosscut sleds. Right now the arbor is rearward in the table and I want to have the same sled travel before the blade contact and after the blade contact. Current plan is to have 24 1/2” on each side of blade contact. So I am considering the following;
I am thinking of using four cabinets, one for the main saw and two wings, second for the router table, third for the permanent rear outfeed table and forth for the removable front infeed table. The main saw and router table cabinets will be permanently attached. Infeed and outfeed cabinets will have alignment features with toggles to clamp them to the main cabinet. All cabinets need to be on wheels so I can move it as needed in my garage. Advise on wheels is appreciated.
I am planning on using 3/4” MDO for the cabinets. Material quality and price seem to make that good for the application.
I have no plans to cut 4’ x 8’ sheets of material. My planer is 13” Rigid, so ripping wider than that isn’t necessary.
So, let me know what else I haven’t considered both in use and upgrading. Don’t recommend a new fence as my budget is very limited.
(I will try to figure out how to attach my pictures later. I refuse to use the online picture sharing sites due to the time I spend cleaning family computers from “optional” clingons and inappropriate emails after the fact on body part enhancing products regardless of the right gender or not.)