Neat Little Cabinet Saw


My son gave me a call the other day and told me he picked up an old Craftsman 8" Cabinet Saw. "Huh!" says I - "never heard of such a thing".
Well, the other night I had a chance to stop by his house and take a look. He'd completely disassembled it, cleaned everything all up, painted the cabinet, fence and miter, graphited all of the drives, and cleaned up the top to a very respectable shine. He didn't have the top bolted back on yet so we spent a bit of time admiring the simple but fairly heavy duty construction of the saw. Really a nice little saw. No measurable runout, good tight bearings and a set of holes to mount a riving knife. We'll have to fab a knife for it since it's missing but that's a pretty trivial undertaking for us. The base looks like the base of a table saw at first - until you realize that it's cast iron. But - it's not a floor standing unit. It has two access panels on the sides that make it easy to get in and clean gunk out of the drives or to just put your fingers in to test the rotational speed of the blade without getting your tabletop all bloody. It has a calibrated blade height indicator as well. All in all sort of a neat little saw. It will be interesting to see this thing cut wood after he gets the motor mounted and the top trued up.
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I have seen these before Mike, and if it is like the ones I have seen, they are fairly old say about 50 years or so. The ones I saw had the big star style faucet handles for adjustments, and the Sears tag had two tiny rivet holding it on the cast iron base. Both of the ones I saw were sitting on home made bases with wheels on them.
Solid as a rock, heavy as hell with all cast metal parts made to be rebuilt as needed, never to really wear out. The ones I saw cut beautifully and ran like a swiss watch, really very accurate.
I tried like hell to get the guys that had them to let me buy them, but they simply were not for sale. I would love to hear how you like this rascal when you get it up and running.
Robert
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Even better, let's see some pictures of it now in abpw and then more of them as it's restored.
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I'll see if I can get a couple of pics this weekend. I don't think he got any pics before he took it all apart so everything will be post-paint and cleanup. I should be able to get some shots inside it though - don't believe he has the top back on yet.
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

I know the one and completely agree. Nowadays the 'sweet' pops into my mind.
A Hall Of Fame piece, imho.
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Is the mitre bar the normal width but only 1/4 thick? If so I think I have one laying around that came from such a saw.
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I'll keep the group posted when we get it tuned and fire it up. It's really neat to see the rack and pinion inside this thing. Simply designed to be a good long lasting saw. For his needs - at least for now, it'll be all he needs. He doesn't have the room for anything bigger. At some point he may want something bigger, but I'll bet he'll never get rid of this saw. The best part is he paid $25 bucks for it and the guy threw in a 4" Craftsman jointer and an infra red heat lamp bar. Now that's a successful shopping day.
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Never mind that crap....tell him I said he sucks!
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wrote:

Hell, I damned near whipped the boy. That's suckage of biblical proportions. I raised him to be a better person than that...
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