is the tablesaw I started woodworking with. It is a Craftsman contractors
tablesaw, but I have done plenty of
modifications and added many accessories to improve the capabilities,
accuracy and usability of the saw.
I extended the fence so I now have 54" of rip capacity
to the right, and still the 24" to the left. I purchased a set of
identical rails from Rigid Tools, aka Emerson Electric Co, and cut them to
the extra length I wanted and butted the rails together. Since then I
have had them welded together for ease of assembly. Didn't take me
long to appreciate the extra capacity.
The Craftsman XR-2424 fence locks solid and square every time.
Repeatability and accuracy on the measuring scale are excellent also.
To support those longer rails I built the right extension
table. It is a metal frame supporting a plywood base with laminate
top. I installed a shelf under the extension table for jigs and the
installed the PALS system from Woodcraft to micro adjust the
trunions so I can get the blade to within .002 of true. Here
you can see the PALS installed on the saw. They attach to the
rear trunion and have adjustment bolts that push the trunion to the
left and/or right minute amount and holds it there so you can easily
adjust and tighten the rear trunion.
I also installed machined pulleys and a link belt, and now
it will pass the nickel test with flying colors.
I also built the mobile base that it rolls around on.
built a new guard for the saw and used the stock splitter and
mounting hardware to attach it to the saw. I built in a port
to connect it up to the dust collector and it is great to see the
majority of the dust go into the dust collector. I built it
out of 1/4" Lexan..
have made oak inserts to go in the cast iron webbed wings. I now have
a solid surface across the entire saw table.
|I built a drawer to go under the right extension wing
so I can store items used on the table saw for easy access.
built an folding outfeed table for the table saw. It is
inspired by the outfeed table by Saws
'N Dust. There is a fixed portion that is 16" x
54", and the folding section is 32" x 54".