Craftsman contractor saw 80's era (fence)

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Forum topic by ajthomas5009 posted 07-11-2014 09:01 PM 887 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2014 09:01 PM

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Hey all I have a simple question regarding my 80’s era Cman contractors saw. I’m still rolling with the stock fence I know my bad lol. It’s the one with the rear wheel and locking cam that rides on angle iron. After lots of reading and wrenching it locks solid and parallel once checked with a ruler and adjusted. My problem is that the face of the fence has a slight bow.

I’m wondering if build a snug fitting box style aux fence out of mdf and hardboard will this solve the issue I described? Also with such an aux fence is it better to build it really snug and adjust it square from the existing fence? Or just snug and square on its own?

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#1 posted 07-11-2014 10:25 PM

For the bow, I just took an old hand plane that was nice and flat, slapped some belt sand paper on it with spray adhesive, and planed it flat.

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 11:10 PM

I’ve got an old 1985 Crapsman that I bought brand new…..One of the first things I did was throw that crappy fence in the garbage, and bought a Delta Saw Guide fence… makes (or used to) make a T-2 fence that with a little tweeking, worked perfect on them old saws…..If you can run across a better fence that what you have…..snag it…...Those old saws deserve a better fence, make better cuts, and will serve you well…..I still use mine today to cut dados and rabbits, which is backed up to my Delta X-5 saw…...With an outfeed table between them, the purpose is two-fold…....I completely restored that old saw, built a cabinet w/ drawers, and if you go to my workshop page, you can see a picture of it…...

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 12:17 PM

RD…...that shop of yours is way, way, way too neat!

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 12:25 PM

When I had an old Craftsman saw, I put a Vega fence on it, and it got 100x better.

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