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Forum topic by paratrooper34 posted 02-15-2011 02:25 AM 902 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2011 02:25 AM

Hello Fellow LJs!

So I am setting up my shop in the basement of our new home in the US and came across a problem I hope some of you have had to deal with in the past. As I am primarily a handtool worker, I have a limited amount of power tools. While looking for our house, I picked up an old (circa 1955) Craftsman tablesaw. I got a heck of a deal on it and it works great, as I used it today to make some cuts. I do not have any dust collection so as you can imagine, it made a mess after I ripped a bunch of 7/4 maple. I know having dust collection is a must with a tablesaw, but I did the job as I am making a kitchen table which we badly need, so I used the tablesaw to save time to get this thing finished. So here is the question I came across as I was trying to figure out how to avoid this mess. As it is an old saw, it has an open bottom and back where the motor is mounted and the belt goes through. How do I seal this thing up for efficient dust removal? I noticed that when I change the blade height, the belt moves up and down. I guess I can figure out how to seal the bottom, but how do you do the back while still allowing the belt to move? Any suggestions?

Also, of note, I purchased a Freud Diablo thin kerf blade for the saw($39 at Woodcraft), and I will tell you this blade is sweet. Very smooth cuts and it had no problem on the maple with a one horse power motor.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 11:28 PM

Do a search on this website and you will come up with more information than I thought possible for dust collection. Good Luck!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 11:41 PM

I cut a 1/4” mdf board to fit around the belt on the back of my Jet tablesaw. It works pretty well. It attaches with double-sided tape.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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