|Forum topic by michael crawford||posted 04-21-2015 08:27 PM||866 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
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?