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lightcs1776

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248 days ago

I’m very new to woodworking. I recently purchased a Craftsman TS which looks to be from 1980 or 1981. I’ve cleaned it up pretty well, put on three or four coats of paste wax, ordered a PALS kit, replaced bolts, and will pick up a link belt for it in the near future. I also plan on getting metal replacement cranks as the plastic tilt crank is cracked. I paid $100 for it, which is about as cheap as I have seen for anything in half-way decent shape in my area, and the motor was replaced within the last couple years. I’ll be keeping a look out for a used fence, such as a Vega 40, but I don’t know that I could find something cheap enough as my budget is extremely limited. I’ve been on this site for a few weeks, joined less than a week ago, and greatly appreciate how willing folks are to share their knowledge. Does anyone see anything else I should be considering replacing in the near future? I obviously can’t afford a higher quality saw right now, but I think this should allow me to start developing some skills in making simple coffee tables, bookshelves, and cabinets.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

My two helpers in sanding and bolting the unit back together

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **


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brtech

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#1 posted 248 days ago

I owned that model. It’s a great starter saw.

One thing you didn’t mention is a Zero Clearance Insert. You can buy them or build them. Improves cut quality quite a bit because it supports the fibers as they go through the blade.

Some folks think that upgrading the pulley is worth while, but I never did that. A better miter gauge is a good idea, the low end Incra might be a good choice.

You can close in the bottom and back of the saw and hook up a dust collector.

But the best upgrade is a better fence. You know that.

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lightcs1776

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#2 posted 248 days ago

Thanks, Brtech. I’ll look into a zci or make one in the near future. I didn’t realize they would make much difference.

I have a saw dust collector that will be attached to the base. It’s just a plastic bin the previous owner modified to fit under the saw. It appears to work pretty well.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Tedstor

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#3 posted 248 days ago

I’ll be selling a Craftsman Align-a-rip fence in the near future. Its currently installed on a Craftsman 315 series saw that I recently bought. Should be a direct bolt-on to the 113 (someone correct me if I’m wrong). Its not a Beisemeyer, but it beats the hell out of the standard craftsman fence.
I was going to sell it on ebay, but I’ll give LJs a crack at it first. PM me if you’re interested.

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CincyRW

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#4 posted 248 days ago

You may want to consider an aftermarket splitter (like the MJ Splitter) if it will work here. In my VERY limited experience, I’d say that the splitter and riving knife are the most important safety upgrades with newer table saws.

Other than that, looks like you’re doing everything you can to make this thing functional and produce reasonable quality cuts.

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lightcs1776

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#5 posted 248 days ago

Thanks CincyRW. The unit came with cash splitter and guard, itjust wasn’t attached when I took the pictures. I refused to buy a saw without one after seeing some kickback videos.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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brtech

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#6 posted 248 days ago

You get a lot of improved dust collection if you close off the back. I used hardboard to do that, a couple of pieces that have openings for the belt. You don’t want it too tight unless you have a suction source.

The advantage of the MJ splitter is that it can stay on for more cuts where the stock blade guard has to come off.

Another thing you could use is a dial indicator (Harbor Freight’s cheapie is good enough) and a home build miter slot holder for it for alignment. Check out the Garageworks video for how to do that.

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lightcs1776

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#7 posted 248 days ago

Thanks, Brtech. I’ll take a look at the MJ splitter, as well as the dial indicator. I ordered a Wexley digital angle gauge as well.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Tony1212

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#8 posted 248 days ago

I used to have a table saw just like that. Picked it up for $80 off my neighbor. He wanted to get rid if it because it wouldn’t cut anything. The idiot had the blade in backward! True story.

When my grandfather passed away, I gave that saw to my cousin and I took my grandfather’s Craftsman 113 circa 1956. My cousin says the saw still works great for his needs.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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jumbojack

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#9 posted 248 days ago

most any saw can be tuned to make accurate cuts. ANY fence can be tuned to make at least ONE accurate cut. The QUALITY of the cut is totally dependent on the blade. Buy as much blade as you can. A little research on this site will put you, either on the right track or confuse you completely.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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lightcs1776

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#10 posted 247 days ago

Thanks Jumbo. It seems that Freud blades are pretty popular around here and fairly reasonable in price. I’m thinking about picking up a 40 or 50 tooth thin kerf combo blade.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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lightcs1776

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#11 posted 247 days ago

Thank you all for the tips. I’ll be implementing many or all of them in the not too distant future. The current fence will have to do for now, due to budget limitations, but I think I can get a good start.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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