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twitch

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01-03-2014 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw router table used craftsman craigs list cast iron question tip

I’ve been out of service for a few months, now that I’m back the first thing I did was purchase a used TS off CL.
It’s a Craftsman 315.224390 with a cast iron router extension, a steel extension and an Align-A-rip 24/12 fence.

This saw never cut a piece of wood, in fact it was covered with some kind of grease that was a bit of a pain to get off and some of the bolts were loose, which I discovered when I decided to take it apart to get it clean and adjusted. (so far half clean)

The people I purchased it from are in the used furniture/stuff business and got it at an auction, they knew nothing about it. Except when they picked it up it was raining and the top got a little wet and they didn’t wipe it off which caused some light rust I paid $150
After all that I have a few questions

The table top has marks from the milling in it and some are pretty rough, do I need to address this or is it normal?
Does anyone use a router table like this or is it recommended?
Was it an ok purchase?

Thanks



-- Twitch


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RibsBrisket4me

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 03:25 AM

Awesome purchase! I have a craftsman 113.298762 saw which is the older brother to yours. Yours is made by The Ryobi group and a fine saw. It is in stellar condition. The milling swirls are normal. A table mounted router set up is great.

Enjoy!!!!

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 03:30 AM

Ya done good!!!

I believe the C’man 315.XXXXXX TS were built by Ryobi. The fence is decent.
$150.00 for an old, never used TS is a good deal. Used (and slightly abused) ones go for that price.

The mill marks are normal and nothing to worry about.

The surface rust can be removed with a scotchbrite pad, WD-40 and some elbow grease.

Many people use an extension table mounted router, it is a great space saver, plus you can use the TS fence for the router. Depending upon the router you install, you may need to drill mounting holes, but cast iron is easy to drill

Once you remove the “shipping grease”, be sure to use a paste wax, to protect the cast iron from rust and make it slippery.

Congrats on getting a gloat worthy saw!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Craftsman70

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 03:36 AM

I agree with the above…. nice deal. You’ll really enjoy the saw. After looking at so many in terrible condition on CL, its really nice to see what they looked like new. I swear, a prerequisite to selling them on CL is to leave them out in the back yard for a year first too get them good and rusting ;)

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twitch

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 03:47 AM

Hey guys thanks for the input.
I knew it looked good however I did have those concerns.

Craftsman70 that was a good one

the easy part is done, (talking about it) now I have to put it together and make something!

-- Twitch

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 03:48 AM

That is a “tool gloat”.....got yourself a good deal….congrats

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 03:55 AM

An addendum….
Knottscott will be the first to tell you….
To get the most out of this saw….
Put a good blade on it!!!
I don’t have a link to his TS blade info, but look for it.
He knows what he is talking about!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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RibsBrisket4me

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 04:02 AM

What randy said. Get a good 40 tooth combo blade to get you started. Forrest woodworker II, Freud LU 86, ridge carbide, tenryu etc.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 04:14 AM

You did good! The grease comes off with lacquer thinner and you can take a block of wood with 280 paper on it to smooth the top and then wax it with a good paste wax. Nice to have that router mount that you can use with the TS fence!!

With the miter slots in it, you can make a nice cross cut sled for it to make perfect 90 degree cuts.. or other angles that you set it up for!!
Great find!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Slyy

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 04:18 AM

Twitch, that’s a great pickup you made there, the solid extensions are nice specially with the router extension to boot! I too have an older brother 113 of your TS. Mine was my fathers and dates from the early 80’s. As far as my own needs go, this table will last me hopefully as long as it did my father or more!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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knotscott

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 10:30 AM

Great buy…..I wouldn’t give those grind marks a thought, so long as they’re flat overall and don’t redirect the path of hte lumber.

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

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twitch

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 02:50 PM

Thanks again for the input ! I read the great saw blade info from knotscott and will be getting one of the recommended blades.

-- Twitch

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