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Apr 27 13 11:17 AM

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Like a lot of older tools this happened to come from a grandfather, one of mine, specifically. It's a Craftsman "100" Model No. 113.29990 tilt-arbor bench saw with an optional pedestal stand and a 3/4 HP motor. It was built in the late 1950's, probably close to 1957 judging by the "Power Bronze" anniversary paint color. The exact build date, month and year, should be obtainable through sears. It still has the original fence and miter which seem to be fairly accurate and in good working order. 

I am in need of a more precise saw than the $100 dollar Craftsman jobber that I have. It's great for roughing lumber but it has a few failings in it's design that could have been easily changed or fixed in casting/molding/assembly of the unit. The miter fence rail isn't square shaped so it rocks and also slides sideways a good amount changing the angle of cuts. The miter fence also wasn't square to the table so I had to make my own fence and shim it up. No big. It was off quite a bit though, about 5 degrees, which is a lot when you're trying to make a rough frame for something. Another complaint would be that the table itself isn't flat which can make pushing wood through awkward and hard, not due to misalignment or the saw blade to fence etc. 

Anyway, this all resulted in a need for something better that could do more precise cuts. My dad had this saw sitting in his barn rusting away so I broke it out and now I'm giving it a refresh. It's hard to touch a saw these days that will have similar qualities for less than I have in my wallet so I'm going this route. It's a very solid saw with plenty of weight to stick to the ground. I've had my newer saw tilt on it's back legs while using it because it weighs about 30 pounds (fixed that with shelving/tools/sand). So, here it goes.. I included a few pics to show it's current condition, some of the pieces were already cleaned up some. And I don't any pics of how bad the table surface was but I'll have some after being cleaned up slightly.

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Apr 27 13 1:23 PM

Here's a few pics. All are before any major teardown and one of the miter after some rough cleanup with some 600 grit wet-sanding. I don't have any pics of the table surface before I did anything, but I'll put some up of some in-between work when I take more pics.





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Apr 28 14 1:00 PM

Due to one of the aluminum pieces on the saw I wasn't able to tear the whole assembly apart for painting. Everything was put back together, aligned and she's back to work. One day when I have more time I will tear it down again.

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