|Forum topic by Galadriel||posted 09-16-2012 08:28 PM||5996 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
09-16-2012 08:28 PM
Greetings! I’m new here, but have been enjoying reading since I discovered these forums.
Partly based on some old threads on this site, I went today and got myself a Craigslist Special Craftsman table saw 113.298030. It’s got the original fence but none of the blade guard assembly and no miter gauge. I was hoping you kind folks could advise me on some good, hopefully inexpensive or DIY where possible, accessories for my new saw :)
I have done some woodworking (drama club set building, local hackerspace, fumbling around on my own) but have never had an opportunity to take any classes, so please assume I don’t know too much. Up until today I have done all cutting at home with a single circular saw. Do assume that I wear safety glasses any time any power machinery is turned on, and I am very very fond of my limbs, fingers, eyes, and brain, so I am working hard to learn as much about safety as I can.
My first project, before I make any cuts on the saw, will be locating or making a few push blocks. I’ve found a lot of patterns, though the Kreg push stick is very attractive looking. So, on to the table saw specific questions….
—> What and where should I apply degreaser, grease, lube, etc? The manual I found has a lot of discussion about setup to make sure everything is squared and level and so on, but this fella is a little older and probably needs some TLC.
If nothing else, I won’t be using it until I have a blade guard and spreader in place. I do know, from the helpful threads here (http://lumberjocks.com/topics/34978), that I can get a replacement, even if it’s not Craftsman branded.
So, anyway. The kind gentleman who sold me half his shop for nearly nothing (the table saw and stand, a band saw, a scroll saw and stand, a second smaller table saw and stand, and legs for another stand—everything but the table saw will be projects for another day) said that there are better, aftermarket solutions for blade guards and spreader.
—> What are good products for aftermarket blade guards/spreaders that will fit the Craftsman 113’s? What brands etc should I be looking for? This is my biggie question.
—> Do you have any thoughts on a replacement miter gauge? I can probably get away without it for a long time, but it’d be nice to have. Is this something I can make at all?
Thanks in advance!