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03-19-2018 12:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw dust collection table saw fence

Hopefully the picture links are fixed for good now. Unfortunately I can’t edit the replies and put the pictures in the right spots.

Just wanted to share some pics of my Craftsman 315 table saw upgrades. I started out about a year ago just wanting to make a tune up and a few improvements. I may have needed a 12 step program by the end.

My first upgrade was a cast iron bench dog extension with a Incra router lift. I had originally mounted a Bosch 1617 under the 315’s original cast iron extension, but got really tired of it seizing up and the fine feed had a lot of slop. The Incra lift is amazing. I ended up making a custom mount for my Bosch 1618 plunge base and installed a Router Raizer on it and then installed it on the original craftsman extension so now I have dueling routers on the saw.

I was never happy with the original fence so I picked p a VSC fence with a 42 inch extrusion and used the Awesome videos and step by step page to build my own guide tube. The fence holds .003 to .005 along the rail,

I am finding that I really dislike photo bucket for downloading pictures, is it easier to just download off my computer?


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#1 posted 03-19-2018 01:33 PM

I added a Shark guard to the saw with a 2 1/2 dust port and I built an over blade dust collection tube that pivots under the saw to keep it out of the way when needed. The tube also doubles as the router table dust connections. although for the router on the right I have to drop the tube under the table slightly and use an extension hose.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d8/uptoolateman/IMG_20180318_180540_zpsl1vd13sd.jpg

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d8/uptoolateman/IMG_20180318_183019_zpsyzxhenet.jpg

I also built a pan that attaches under the saw using extended saw mounting bolts and some shop built thumb screws. the pan can be removed in a couple of minutes for saw maintenance

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d8/uptoolateman/IMG_20180318_182555_zpsuatxhm8h.jpg

I made a set of brush seals for the blade angle slot and locking knob slot . Also visible is one of the custom machined cast iron hand wheels

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d8/uptoolateman/IMG_20180318_180502_zpsry5okofy.jpg

I made a baffle system that covers over 90% of the back opening at any blade angle and the assembly moves with blade angle changes automatically. I made a quick video hopefully the link works. This one took me a while to figure out

https://photos.google.com/u/2/share/AF1QipNhGqgdQ6JsC0MX67hMV-8FazP2eYjbeXm4ksZhXcFlIi5oEz057Nw5x0w3hia7_Q/photo/AF1QipP74o4FU57mO3A6VgopbPRSXvc2Grj58wA4Q3q0?key=ZGtTanJaTXFZSEVMWktueFNFRUFnQ0lzUThyYndn

With these additions to the saw, fresh air enters between the saw housing and underside of the table casting, through the throat plate and through the small openings on the rear baffle and is exhausted out the 4 inch pipe on the dust pan and the 2 1/2 port on the blade gaurd.

More to come

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 02:06 PM

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 06:09 PM

Here are some of the pictures I couldnt download earlier

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 07:10 PM

nicely done !! it is good to see GREAT photos for a change !!

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 07:16 PM

Very nice job. How much total do you have invested in the setup?

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 07:33 PM

Ya I’m really not liking the photo bucket thing for pictures though, it just blanked out the first few photos again. I have way too much invested in this saw at this point for being a craftsman contractor saw, but this saw has been a good one and even if I bought a new saw or another used saw I would have been doing many of the upgrades anyways. My favorite mod was the rear baffle assembly, it was the cheapest but also the most challenging. I think the google link in my second post above above actually works for that video.

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 09:00 PM

Id love to see the mechanics behind your rear baffle. I have the same saw and hate having to move everything to remove my baffle to tilt it.

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 10:44 PM

The baffle wasn’t too bad to build after I figured out all the details. The pie shaped piece has a roller that engages with a vertical slot in the panel behind it on the right side (you can see the end of the bolt and lock nut) as the front piece rotates the roller drags the rectangular panel along, the real trick was figuring out the shape of the hole in the rectangular panel and the best position for the roller. My baffle build was complicated by the 2”rear channel iron along saw top and the smaller channels coming out to support the out feed table. I think this system would work for most open back contractor saws with some modification. The other trick to the build is figuring out how to split the panels to get around the motor and blade guard bracket and then connect them back together.

It looks like I need to do something else for pictures photo bucket has blocked almost every picture now. I thought photo bucket was one of the preferred hosting sites for this forum, that’s why I used it. Can I just cut and paste pics from my computer or google drive? I will work on fixing the pics when I get home.

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 10:54 PM

More details on the baffle, please!!! That’s amazing!

Looks like that would work for my Ridgid 2412, too…. Woohoooo!

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#10 posted 03-20-2018 03:05 AM



More details on the baffle, please!!! That s amazing!

Looks like that would work for my Ridgid 2412, too…. Woohoooo!

- jayseedub

Same here. I’d really appreciate details on that rear bafflle. Looks to be a really elegant solution.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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uptoolateman

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#11 posted 03-23-2018 05:06 AM

I will get some pics of the sliding rear cover assembly this weekend and a quick description of how it works and the issues I had while designing and building it.

link for a short video of it moving

https://photos.google.com/u/2/share/AF1QipNhGqgdQ6JsC0MX67hMV-8FazP2eYjbeXm4ksZhXcFlIi5oEz057Nw5x0w3hia7_Q/photo/AF1QipP74o4FU57mO3A6VgopbPRSXvc2Grj58wA4Q3q0?key=ZGtTanJaTXFZSEVMWktueFNFRUFnQ0lzUThyYndn

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#12 posted 03-23-2018 05:12 AM

It looks like I need to do something else for pictures photo bucket has blocked almost every picture now. I thought photo bucket was one of the preferred hosting sites for this forum, that s why I used it. Can I just cut and paste pics from my computer or google drive? I will work on fixing the pics when I get home.
- uptoolateman

No – the preferred method is to put the pictures here on the site rather than use a third party hosting service. Just click on the ‘img’ button above the edit box. Photobucket has started holding members pictures hostage and wants money to set them free :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#13 posted 03-23-2018 03:20 PM

PHOTOBUCKET IS A HUGE JOKE SIMPLY RIDICULOUS :<((
nice saw :<))

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#14 posted 03-23-2018 03:27 PM

Img button. Just make sure you take pics with a phone in landscape mode.

No disrespect meant. Amazing job. Just picture that setup on a cabinet saw and you couldn’t want for more.

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#15 posted 03-23-2018 03:43 PM

That’s one heck of an upgraded saw! Outstanding work! Fridge is right. Transform a vintage Unisaw the same way and you’ll be set for life. If your saw was a car it’d look like this:

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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