|Forum topic by Lee Imbimbo||posted 12-27-2009 11:08 PM||3595 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
12-27-2009 11:08 PM
I’m in the process of trying to build up my home shop so that I can begin getting into more serious wood working projects. I’ve always done construction and building projects, and are very familiar with how to use tools. But recently I’ve decided that I want to take my abilities to the next level.
To that end I have a super old Craftsman Tablesaw (circa 1980’s, model #113.298240). This is a 10” contractor saw that my father gave me, that he no longer uses, when I told him what I wanted to do. I’m hoping to add a Incra Router Table/ Fence system to this saw, and begin to make the saw work for me.
At this time I can’t afford a new tablesaw/cabinet saw, although I think when I can I’ll end up buying a really nice cabinet saw, something like the sawstop professional, or powermatic. But in the meantime I would like to incorporate the incra system to give the saw a better fence, and maybe retrofit the contractor saw to work for me, until the day comes that I can afford better
I have on occasion seen shop made table saw stations where the owner takes a contractor saw and retrofits it with better belts, and equipment and seem to effectively made a more capable hybrid version. Some of them even demount the contractor saws body from it’s legs and built them into a station.
I was wondering if I could get some ideas from the forum, on just such a thing. Either cabinets that others have already built. Belts and accessories that I could add to the contractor saw to make it more stable, help reduce vibration and more capable. And effectively built myself a tablesaw/router table combination that I could also utilize as a workbench. As I have about half of a two car garage to work in.
Thank you for taking the time to help me out on this, it is really appreciated.