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Forum topic by DevilDogNurse posted 10-13-2010 08:28 PM 2999 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DevilDogNurse

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10-13-2010 08:28 PM

Hey all! New guy here.

I recently got bitten by the woodworking bug and had this old table saw fall into my lap. It belonged to a buddy (was his grandfathers). He never used it, and was going to throw it away after his wife backed into it with the car! She knocked it over and mangled the motor mount. I took it off of his hands and used some angle iron to fab up a new motor mount (ugly, but it works!).

The saw takes smaller blades. I was able to fit an 8” blade to it.

The deck is cast iron and seems to be very flat. The wings are webbed cast iron and NOT true to the deck (How do I adjust those!)

It’s a Power Kraft from the 1950’s (I did SOME research :D) apparently sold through Montgomery Wards (remember that store?)

So….. What should I expect out of this saw? The fence….. stinks. Think its worth upgrading the fence? Is it even possible? Advice and suggestions appreciated!

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.


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knotscott

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 08:33 PM

It looks pretty similar to some of the old Craftsman saws from the 1950’s. If get it aligned well, and put a decent thin kerf blade on it, it should cut ok. I suspect you’ll have to fidget a bit with the fence. Is that a 1/2 or 3/hp motor?

I grabbed one like this last summer and am letting a buddy use it at his summer place…it works ok with an 8” CMT 24T thin kerf blade:

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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DevilDogNurse

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 08:39 PM

It’s a 2hp! :D my uncle is an HVAC installer and was able to “acquire” a spare motor for free. It doesn’t spin too fast and seems to have plenty of power.

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 08:44 PM

The top looks nice but I am not a fan of the extension wings.. If the motor is good and it cuts well I would think it would be worth keeping and fixing up. If it was mine I would build a new stand for it and ditch the steel legs. I would also take the extension wings off and the whole fence and add a new fence and extension tables that are solid without the open spaces… You didn’t have to pay for it so you cant loose.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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DevilDogNurse

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 08:47 PM

OK…. I am COMPLETELY NEW at this….. any suggestion on what wings and fence to get? I don’t want to get more into it than it would cost for a quality used saw….

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 08:54 PM

Because this saw is smaller than the modern full size saws (27” deep), it could be difficult and likely cost prohibitive to buy an aftermarket fence and wings….not impossible, but more difficult for sure. You could make some solid wings from melamine. Keep your eyes peeled for a fence upgrade, but be sure you can mount it. I’d likely just get the alignment spot on, get a decent blade, mount a shop made miter fence, and just work with it for a while.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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DevilDogNurse

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 03:26 AM

I’ve seen plans for some shop built cabinets that the saw would sit in…. That might be an interesting project!

What can I do about the fence? There are no markings, so measuring any distance more than the 12” of my combination square is….. difficult.

thanks guys!

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 06:55 AM

Yeah, I remember Monkey Wards, but I don’t know about the saw:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-18-2010 07:06 AM

It’s better than no saw but not to good for larger work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DevilDogNurse

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 11:16 AM

I was nosing around, and found a Delta T2 Fence for less than $150…. I could probably swing that without the wife going bananas. The question is, would it work?

Anyone have any experience mounting one of these fences to an older non-unisaw saw?

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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Loren

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 09:15 AM

You might look into the “Jimmie Jig” fence concept. I’ve never
built one myself, but the concept is sound and it would solve
both your fence problem and your extension wing problem.

The main problem with those wings is getting your fingers jammed
in the holes when sliding the fence. Big ouch! and pretty hard
to avoid consistently.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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