Craftsman radial arm saw table

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I recently bought an old Craftsman Radial Arm ( 113.29440) saw that needs a new table. Any advice regarding what material to use and dimensions for the various pieces would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Peter
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Our shop has one from who knows where and it has a particleboard table and a plywood fence. I don't know about yours, but mine has weird type of wing nut that allows you to use multiple pieces (mine has 3) and pull them tight up against a metal bracket. I can get the dimensions for you if you want.
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That sounds very similar to mine, the front, main piece of the table looks as though it bolts to the metal stand, there are adjustments to make it level, and there are two clamps at the back that press the other pieces against it.
Others use particle board up to 1 1/2" thick and I've seen particle board with a laminate.
It sounds as though the two pieces at the back can be reversed to move the fence to its furthest back position for the largest cuts and to a position where it sits in front of the blade. If that's the case I can probably figure out what dimensions work. However I'd appreciate if you could send me the dimensions from your saw.
Thank you,
Peter

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Peter Wells wrote:

That is correct. On my 1960's vintage saw, you adjust for 90 degrees by nudging the table, which sets the position of the fence since it's clamped against it. That means you need to pay attention to the squareness of the replacement table, and be sure you have a small amount of wiggle room at the table mounts.
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Craftsmen had a recall a few years ago on one of the 10" RAS and will send you a new table.
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Re the recall, as far as I could see I send them the saw and they send me $100 which after shipping etc isn't a good deal. Am I missing something?
Peter

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I looked at the recall website, with my model and serial numbers. My saw qualifies, they will send a new top, they gave me the order number. http://radialarmsawrecall.com /
Steve

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I called and unfortunately for my model they give $100 in exchange for the guts of the saw. However they do cover shipping, maybe I can pickup a newer model for the $100 on eBay.

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Huh?!?!
The only recall I am aware of is the one shown in the site referenced above, which is for a new blade guard. I've never seen any recall for a new table. Am I missing something? My table is pretty tattered. I don't consider it a Sears problem, but if someone has gotten them to give new tables to saw owners, I am not above accepting one.
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The new guard will not fit somehow with the original tables, so they are obligated to provide you with a new one (no new fence, though). The new table pieces are made from 1" MDF I think.
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Interesting! That would be a reason to get the new blade guard, even if you were happy with your old blade guard.
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Yep!! Max
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With the new blade guard they send you a new table top.
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on 8/19/2005 9:32 AM alexy said the following:

Yeah, go back to the link posted earlier in this thread. I looked into it a year or two ago when it surfaced again. It is model dependent. For my saw and the last poster all they're willing to do is give you $100 and pay shipping for you to send them the motor unit so they can breathe easy that the saw is no longer out there waiting to kill someone. (FWIW, I've used the saw - according to instructions and common sense for going on 32 years with nary a close call)
Other models they will send you a new blade guard and anti-kickback safeties and on at least one I recall that they also sent a new table. Why? I dunno but they did. Check it out and see if yours qualifies.
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On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 16:10:53 GMT, Unquestionably Confused

They send a new table because the new guard will not fit behind the fence on the original table. On the new table the fence is a couple of inches further towards the front of the saw. Of course, this reduces the maximum width of crosscut capacity.
Dave Hall

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My understanding is that with the new guard the fence on the saw has to be moved outward..toward the operator ...thus the old table will no longer fit as it is too deep......so they give you a new table...
You willl loose about an inch of cross cutting compacity because of this ...
Bob
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Because of the configuration of the new blade guard, a new table was required to accommodate it. They also sent the table.

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Forget the table supplied by the recall! Make yourself a 2 ply table with steel reinforcing and you'll have a flat table that will never warp!
Check with the Mr. Sawdust Book "How To Master The Radial Saw" to see how to make it.
http://mrsawdust.com /
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I have a Model 113.29441 that I purchase new around 1972. The table is in three pieces made from1 1/2" particle board. 20x36, 5x36 and 2x36 They are made this way so you can move the fence back for wider cuts. You use a 1x4 as the fence. I have a manual in pdf format if you would like a copy.
I think the recall was on the blade guard not the table.

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A friend gave me this saw (Model 113.197602) but it has no fence. I appreciate the measurements. If it isn't too much trouble, a pdf of the manual would REALLY be appreciated!
Thanks,
Patrick Fischer Olalla, WA pfischer@@@@wavecable.com

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