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Forum topic by michael crawford posted 04-21-2015 08:27 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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michael crawford

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04-21-2015 08:27 PM

this coming weekend, I am to embark down the rabbit hole that is restoring two of these saws simultaneously. why two? one is a gift for a friend (was his grandfathers) and the other is for my use in the resto shop. I usually do cars, but also enjoy restoring equipment and making furniture.

so anyway, already planning the PALS and a link belt, along with some decent CMT blades.

but this is about questions, on my saw in particular. first the problems: neither saw came with extension wings, and im out of space in my shop.

on the wings, is there any reason I cannot fabricate them out of steel to mimic the webbed style of the originals? if so, would 1/4 inch thick steel, properly beveled and welded be overkill?

on the space front, well, that’s just dealing with what it is. looking at wings, fences, extensions, etc, all will take up more space than I have to spare. I can fit the table saw itself, with nothing hanging off the sides, nicely in between my 58 amf dewalt radial arm and my workbench with a few inches to spare. obviously this saw will be on casters for movement purposes. is there a way to make wings and a good rip fence that would be easy to remove and reinstall for storage purposes? that way I can break it down a bit for storage, but easily set it up when I need to make interior panels, or feel like doing some cabinets?

anything im missing thinking of? all my years of woodworking were done in a vocational workshop as the teacher, running an late 80’s jet contractor saw with no chance of a proper tune up, so I wouldn’t know a great table saw if it slapped me in the face and called me sally. im looking for as good as that old jet out of a late 50’s vintage craftsman.

so, I guess help me out here guys. am I overthinking this? do I just need to get the saws restored, make some sawdust with what I have, and evaluate changes from there?

thanks
Michael


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hotbyte

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#1 posted 04-21-2015 08:31 PM

You could also use some thick, stable wood such as 2 layers of MDF covered in laminate. Several project saws have the wing removed and wooden wing for router replacement.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 04-21-2015 09:00 PM

You could also use some thick, stable wood such as 2 layers of MDF covered in laminate. Several project saws have the wing removed and wooden wing for router replacement.

Using wood, it would have to be supported by the fence rails… I doubt just bolting it onto the table would be sufficient. Metal would be a better choice, but you would need quite a beefy edge where it bolted to the table in order to support the weight. The cast iron wings are particularly thick and ribbed for extra support in that area. Additional support from the fence rails would be very desirable if possible.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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toolie

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 04:51 PM

check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP-Ab0xc4iw

i have a set of webbed extension wings. let me know if interested w a PM.

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

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hotbyte

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#4 posted 04-22-2015 05:30 PM

I’m sure cast iron wings would be better option if you have them. A quick search here on LJ finds several projects that appear to be successful implementations of wooden router extensions bolted up to the saw & rails.


Using wood, it would have to be supported by the fence rails… I doubt just bolting it onto the table would be sufficient. Metal would be a better choice, but you would need quite a beefy edge where it bolted to the table in order to support the weight. The cast iron wings are particularly thick and ribbed for extra support in that area. Additional support from the fence rails would be very desirable if possible.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

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michael crawford

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#5 posted 04-22-2015 05:43 PM



check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP-Ab0xc4iw

i have a set of webbed extension wings. let me know if interested w a PM.

- toolie

this is EXACTLY what I had in mind. thank you!!

mines much older, with a different fence system, so ill need to look at options there. might have to fabricate an extension for the factory fence adjuster/rail, as I don’t want to lose the polished aluminum pieces.

and you will have mail as soon as I figure out the PM here.

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