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Forum topic by Jofa posted 08-31-2013 04:05 AM 3045 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2013 04:05 AM

I’ve been working with a Delta table saw for a while now and as my knowledge and skills have improved, I realized some of it’s shortcomings. Most evident is the fence which, no matter what I try, still isn’t as accurate as I’d like it on longer rips. Plus, man it’s noisy!

So I went on Craigslist and did a little searching. Nothing. Then on Wednesday I saw a posting for a Craftsman that looked like it might fit the bill.

It’s old. Not sure how old but I think the patent is from the 1930’s if that means anything. The gentleman who sold it to me was nice enough to hang on until today when I got paid.

So here it is. Cast iron table and body. Belt drive. Non-original motor but the seller still uses it. He made a disc sander out of it. His reason for switching it out was that on longer rips for hard wood, the thermal switch would make the old motor shut down. The new one is 1 hp.

He also included the following:

Miter sled for making frames
Cross cut sled
Side extension which he made
Mobile stand
Three blades (two Diablo and one Freud). It takes 8” blades and the arbor is long enough to handle a dado set.
Three inserts for different blades.
Feather board
Tenon jig
Outfeed rollers (which he also made… his shop was very cool. All made by him and just full of vintage machines. In fact, the only non-vintage stuff were his 18V drills)

To top it off, he was nice enough to throw it in the back of his pickup and bring it to my house. I also told him about LJ’s and he’ll likely join.

I have to tell you folks, I’ve been looking for a “better” saw than the one I’ve been using and money has been pretty tight for us so any funds I’ve been earning from my pedalboard business (side business) has been going towards living expenses so I was holding off. Typically this is my “play” money. Out of the blue, I was blessed with this entire setup for just an unreal price. I’m a believer and I see this as a God thing.

So before heading to my 2nd job tonight at Home Depot, I spent about an hour with it making all kinds of cuts. It’s an absolute dream. Dead on accurate, so incredibly quiet and effortless. It’s nice having a hunk of iron for some great stability. I was even able to make a runner for the table so that I can build a log cutting jig that I’ve been thinking about. My other saw has a t-channel so the runners were a little challenging.

Am I thrilled? Absolutely. Can’t wait for the morning to start my next project.

On with the pics (cruddy because it was my iPhone) Also, if anyone has info on the actual model, please speak up. Thanks guys!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#1 posted 08-31-2013 04:45 AM

It is a great saw. Looking forward to seeing some projects come from it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-31-2013 05:11 AM

Looks like you have a nice restored Model 101.02141. They were made by Atlas Press, 1938 to around 1940 (maybe a little later). If it still has the model # tag it will be located on the left side under the extension wing. A very nice solid saw to have. Good luck with it!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 08-31-2013 05:24 AM

That’s a great little saw. And +1 to Tom. That’s an Atlas-made saw. You can find more info on it, including scans of the original manuals, on

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#4 posted 08-31-2013 08:12 AM

now that is one sweet saw.

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#5 posted 08-31-2013 08:41 AM

Awesome. We should gather the board of directors of Searz Roebuck and hog tie them. Bring in the old jewel and line the dirtbags up, one at a time, and cut off a thumb and forefinger with it. Then they wont be able to remove their wallet from their pocket to see how many hundreds of millions are left in it.

This machine, like a 64 1/2 Mustang on 57 Chevy or… should make any corporate CEO and his band of Greed and Ego hang their heads in shame.

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 09:24 AM

Appears to be a WELL KEPT saw! Nice score!

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#7 posted 08-31-2013 11:39 AM

Love the vintage machines! So many before us have used that type of equipment and produced so many wonderful things. Keep it in good working order and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#8 posted 08-31-2013 11:51 AM

That’s one cool and unique saw. It’s in amazing condition. I see you did it right, and put a decent blade on it too. Congrats!

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

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#9 posted 08-31-2013 12:26 PM

Nice looking saw. It should serve you well.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 08-31-2013 12:29 PM

good looking start to a very utilitarian TS. I see the addition of a right side extension wing and a new fence in your future. once outfitted correctly, there’s not much that saw won;t be able to handle.

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

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#11 posted 08-31-2013 12:31 PM

beautiful saw! I love the older machines!

-- Chris Pine

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#12 posted 08-31-2013 12:56 PM

That’s a rock solid piece of equipment right there. God always comes through when we least expect it. Great score

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 08-31-2013 02:56 PM

However it came into your possession it sounds like it was taken care of. It was probably underpowered as it was in the days when people did home repairs. LOL! You have the benefit of his jigs as well. Use the three P’s. Patience, Practice, and precision and get comfortable with your classic tool.

Tools don’t make the craftsman they make the craftsman better!

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#14 posted 09-02-2013 01:02 AM

Had some time to work with it yesterday before the family trip to Great Adventure and the Casting Crowns concert.

The original owner had a piece of oak on the rip fence which I removed. Ripping thinner stock was fine but there was a slight angle on his work and thicker stock wanted to kick inwards on the bottom.

This gave me a chance to get more familiar. The fence has two bolts holding it down to the locking mechanism. Under there were a couple of very thin slivers of copper or brass, obviously to try and balance out the angle. I did some fine tuning, removed all but one on the far side (away from the blade) and it seems to be dead on vertically.

The previous owner also included a jig that allows for ensuring the fence is parallel to the blade (adjustable, lockable arm at a right angle to the slots with a bearing on the end). A couple of very slight tweaks and it’s great. Did a good number of rip cuts with different thicknesses of stock and the end to end measurements are accurate.

I know a lot of you guys probably use some pretty high end machines and I have to say this saw is night and day from what I was using. Not that the Delta is a “bad” saw but for finer more accurate cuts, this thing is superb. The Delta will stick around for dimensional lumber and portability.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#15 posted 09-02-2013 01:03 AM

...and thanks everyone for the comments and the info on the saw!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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