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Forum topic by Donald's Woodshop posted 06-02-2013 05:23 PM 1903 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Donald's Woodshop

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06-02-2013 05:23 PM

My father is going to give me his old table saw. He didnt really use it much and it is in pretty good condition. This isnt a picture of his saw but it is this model. What would be the best improvments for it, ie. new fence?

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 06:18 PM

Good blade, upgraded fence, aftermarket miter gauge, possibly link belt and/or new pulleys.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 06:20 PM

I would say a bies fence system that could later be installed on a larger saw if you stay inspired. That saw looks barely used ! Enjoy and I wouldn’t get caught up in adding a bunch of gadgetry to the saw just a ice fence that will make your use more pleasurable. JB

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 06:33 PM

KS got the major high points. maybe a $10 dial gauge from HF attached to the miter gauge to assist in aligning the blade and fence to a miter slot.

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 07:32 PM

I have that exact saw. I added a Ridgid fence, link belt and a good thin kerf blade. The Freud 40 tooth LU86 is the best bang for the buck in my mind. Also lots of nice aftermarket miter gauge options out there, (Incra, Rockler, Osbourne) but I actually used the stock gauge for many years.

I filled in the webbed wings with 1/4 inch ply and Liquid Nails.

Also do a metal handwheel upgrade and zero clearence insert.

Here are some pics of mine that I’ve posted many times before and I’m sure some are sick of seeing LOL:

My saw is from 1996 and still going strong…Enjoy!!!

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 02:09 AM

I have that saw. I sold that fence for $49 on Ebay without the rails. I don’t know if I was just lucky or if the lever type fence is desirable to Craftsman fans. I was also able to sell the old Craftsman switch/cord/wire for over half the cost of an upgraded switch from Grizzly. -Jack

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#6 posted 06-03-2013 02:32 AM

Other than a new rip fence a nice base cabinet for it is one of the best things you can do. Here’s mine.

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