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SweetTea

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09-30-2016 12:11 PM

I keep a a slightly used Craftsman 113.xxxxxx series saw setup in my shop for cutting dado’s, and never take the dado blade off. It’s a dedicated dado saw. It has a cast iron extension wing on each side, but I want to add two more extension wings and do something different with the fence so that I have the ability to cut more than 24” to the right of the blade.

Right now I can not afford a new fence setup. So I was wondering if I could bolt on 2-3 more extension wings and pick up an extra used set of guide rails off eBay that I would somehow tie into the existing guide rails, thus allowing the fence to extend over another 24”? Does that make sense, and is it possible?


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 09-30-2016 01:14 PM

You can do anything you want, only hitch may be the fence not transitioning well from one rail to the next. Of course you’d have to support the extra wings so they don’t sag. But if you need to dado long things like the side panels of a bookcase why do you even need a fence? A sled and carefully marking your pieces is all I would think is necessary.

If you need to run a dado the long way in a piece having a fence set at 24 inches means you can get to the center of a 48 inch sheet – I don’t see needing more.

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SweetTea

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#2 posted 09-30-2016 01:43 PM



You can do anything you want, only hitch may be the fence not transitioning well from one rail to the next. Of course you d have to support the extra wings so they don t sag. But if you need to dado long things like the side panels of a bookcase why do you even need a fence? A sled and carefully marking your pieces is all I would think is necessary.

If you need to run a dado the long way in a piece having a fence set at 24 inches means you can get to the center of a 48 inch sheet – I don t see needing more.

- dhazelton

I build a lot of pantry and other large cabinets that need dado’s anywhere from 34” to 38” from the end. I think that if I bolt on 2-3 more wings to the right side, and build some support legs this might work. Then if I can come up with another set of guide rails that match my current set, I could bolt those on too, and have a much larger area to move the fence.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 09-30-2016 02:00 PM

Just make an extension wing from particle board or MDF and cover it in plastic laminate. I think adding an extension to the rails is going to be a lot more problematic. I’d be looking for longer rails.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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bandit571

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#4 posted 09-30-2016 02:27 PM

IF the rails are like mine were( just angle iron) buy enough of the correct sizes to go the entire width of the saw.

1 steel wing left, 3 steel wings to the right. Back when I had a pole barn as a shop…

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SweetTea

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#5 posted 09-30-2016 03:40 PM

Unfortunately my guide rails are the kind with the half round aluminum, not the angle iron. However, I had an idea. Perhaps I can unbolt the front guide rail and slide it over. I would loose any capability to cut on the left side of the blade, but I never use that side on this saw because it’s just a dado saw.

I think that I will try that, and build my own extension table. Unless anyone else has any ideas that might be better?

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 09-30-2016 04:00 PM

Your dedicated saw idea is good.
I added extension to my first saw back in 1976. I used a cutoff from laminate counertop shop where I worked. This worked for few years. I then built a loner metal extension . I used 1” sq. tubing. I can rip up to 52” with this now.

Last year I made my dream SAWS. I put 3 craftsman 113. together. I use each arbor for dedicated purpose.

My fence is original aluminum fence. It clamps at front and back of saw. No micr-adjusment setting like some of other crafstman. It takes a few moments to make sure it is square, but it stays in one place when tightend up. I do have another craftsman that I carry from jobsite. The fence on that is pressed steel with a cam lock at front. This fence is not as accurate. I refuse to pay more money for a Besimeyer fence than my saws are worth.

These saws can be bought cheap ! They are heavy but they work very well.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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vskgaming

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#7 posted 09-30-2016 04:13 PM

^^^^^ love this setup….thank you for posting the picture.

-- VSKGAMING

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 10-01-2016 12:54 PM

The fence rails that were aluminum had little half round shapes at the ends that mated to each other to extend the length, no? You could always buy a new/used Unifence or something to go on there.

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SweetTea

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#9 posted 10-01-2016 03:44 PM

If I could find a Biesemeyer fence that would be best because I have an existing set of Biesemeyer guide rails. But the cheapest Biesemeyer fence that I can find is $180 and I can’t spend that right now.

So what I am going to try is loosening the bolts on the fence and sliding it down, thus allowing the current fence to extend out further. Then build a platform extension.

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SweetTea

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#10 posted 10-01-2016 03:45 PM



The fence rails that were aluminum had little half round shapes at the ends that mated to each other to extend the length, no? You could always buy a new/used Unifence or something to go on there.

- dhazelton

Yes, that is the fence design that is on my saw now. It’s the stock Craftsman fence/rails that I am also told is used on Ridged saws.

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