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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 03-10-2013 08:24 PM 1350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rhybeka

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03-10-2013 08:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman table saw extensions

Hi All!

Since in inherited my dads Craftsman table saw and bandsaw (complete with original manuals) I’ve been lurking the forums for cleaning info, etc. I’m in the process of putting the extensions back on and was wondering if there is an easier way than having to put the bolts in, lift them into place and balance with one hand while tightening the bolts? I can’t really flip the saw over like the original instructions have you do it because the blade guard is on and I don’t really want to remove it (bad history with getting them aligned properly again). So I thought I’d ask if I’m going about this the right way, if there’s a better way/trick that they can be put back on, what I am missing? Oh, and what in the world is the half sized extension for?? Thanks everyone!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades


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#1 posted 03-10-2013 08:37 PM

Like these?

Easiest way i found was to use a 2×4 and a few “C” clamps. Clamp the wings up to the 2x laying across the saw. Holds the wing close to level that way. Add the bolts, and fine tune the fit.

“Plan B”: Use Visegrip “Finger clamps” to clamp the wings in place. They will hold the wing will you tighten the bolts.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 09:25 PM

Just like those – thanks Bandit! I’m going nuts trying to hold these things in place and get them screwed in and level. Duh! I also have one that’s half the length but I can’t figure out where it fits on? I thought maybe it was for some type of router attachment but dad never mentioned anything like it and it doesn’t seem to be in the manual. Looks never used though.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 12:41 PM

In that picture, there are four wings, one to the left, and three to the right. The one farthest out was a bit of a problem. bends down too far. So far, hasn’t been a problem.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 06:52 PM

+1 on bandit’s suggestion. that’s what the guy who sets up wood magazine’s TSs does it. one handed bar clamps will also work.

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

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 01:52 AM

I got it! and figured out the smaller extension I have goes with the bandsaw table. Not saying they’re 100% level but for now it’s close.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades

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