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Forum topic by camps764 posted 09-05-2013 11:54 PM 658 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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camps764

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09-05-2013 11:54 PM

In another thread I posted about buying an additional table saw to replace my burnt out motor. I ended up picking the new (to me) saw up, cleaned it up and have it set up.

The problem – Now I have two saws in my cramped garage shop.

I thought about selling the old one, since, other than the motor, it is in good shape. But, these old C-man saws only go for about $40-$60 on CL in my area WITH a running motor.

I hate to throw it out, so I’m curious to hear if anyone has ideas for repuprosing the saw/Cast Iron top.

I thought about using it as an assembly table since it’s pretty flat and consistent. Thought about a router table, but I think getting the cast iron machined to accommodate a router would be cost prohibitive.

Would it be best to part it out and scrap the top?

Very interested to hear other’s thoughts.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com


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knotscott

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 11:55 PM

The solid cast tops from a TS would make a nice 20” wide solid cast iron wing.

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

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camps764

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 11:56 PM

Sometimes the obvious escapes me! Great idea scott!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 12:02 AM

I did the same thing with my old craftsman. I listed it for $60 and never got a bite, so I parted it out. All parts went except the top. I use the top for various things around the shop.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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camps764

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 12:06 AM

Thats great to know Don. I was thinking of saving back a few of the parts just in case – like the arbor and bearings, but putting the rest up on CL.

You guys are the best. If we all lived closed I’d both of ya a beer!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 12:24 AM

You’ve already gotten a couple of ideas here, Steve. I might make some legs and either make something for the shop, or a small table for the living room to display a collection of old tools. Last resort would be to scrap the top.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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camps764

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 01:11 AM

Don – the table idea is pretty cool as well!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 07:09 PM

You can just send us all a beer and we’ll share a drink with you.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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distrbd

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 10:24 PM

1=As mentioned ,use it as an extension for your new saw.
2= install a dado blade in it and use it as a dedicated dado saw.

-- Ken from Ontario

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EPJartisan

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#9 posted 09-06-2013 10:43 PM

I have always wanted a second table saw dedicated to dados and shapers.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 10:44 PM

I was thinking about doing the same thing, but was worried about the weight of the table top. Would the 20 inch cast iron table top be too much weight for the side of the original table top? . If so would I need to add legs? I really don’t want to deal with legs.

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knotscott

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 11:51 PM

You might need some support…it kind of depends on the rails you have. Try it and see. There are ways to support it other than legs….a brace between the base and wing works too.

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

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