This photo is a sketch of the table saw my father made in 50’s. He let me use this when I was 8 years old ! How he taught me the safety of a power tool, I do not remember. BUT somehow he got the message to us. We all have our hands , eyes, ears .
Notice all the safety features that were on these home made saws ! Oh there were NONE. The blade DID not go up and down. The fence was an steel piece of angle iron with c-clamps to set the width. _ The motor was a used furnace fan motor ( little 1/4 hp). Anti -kick back….WHY, the weight of the motor is what put tension on the belt, if you wedged a piece of lumber the belt slipped. To start and stop the saw , PLUG it in !.(Sometimes give the belt a tug to start rotation) Later a switch was attached to the leg of saw, poor wiring, cause as you cut , if you touched the metal top you would feel a tiny electric shock. “Just a tickle my father would say”. The hole for the blade was cut with torch, rough edges, warped only a bit !(No zero clearance guide on this one). The stand was made from old Diamond harrow pieces found laying in the farm. Made of spring steel, typically small farm welders did not work on this iron ! (7014 welding rod works on everything )_ This saw was used from 195? till 1994, (The year My father passed away)
He build all the kitchen cabinets in 3 different house we lived in. Remodelled homes for other people, He did very good work with what he had. When he passed away ,I got his old tool box and tools. Black & Decker skill saw (that was his favorite tool) a 16oz, leather handle ,estwing hammer, 24” framing square , try square, small steel (almost square), files and rasps, awl, tape measure,coping saw, key hole saw, very old miter saw (I still use this at times)dull hand saw (only 1) 1/4 sheet random sander, Brace and auger bits. 1/2” black and decker reversing drill , 1/4” black and Decker drill (blue model), power jig saw.
My Uncle J. had the fancy ,scmancy saw. His motor would go up and down, to cut angles the table would tilt, the motor and blade stayed vertical.
Hope you all enjoy !
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