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Old 05-18-2020, 10:46 PM   #1
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I bought an old Sears table top table saw for $25 in an auction. It is clean and the top is smooth except for one corner and I'm pretty sure it is glue.

So as I look at this it occurs to me the those holes and rail are for accessories but I haven't a clue what. I know enough about table saw to know they are probably the most dangerous tool in the shop and to be careful. Safety is between my ears and tools usually assist with safety.

So, what are those holes for and what accessories do you recommend?
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:24 PM   #2
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I bought an old Sears table top table saw for $25 in an auction. It is clean and the top is smooth except for one corner and I'm pretty sure it is glue.

So as I look at this it occurs to me the those holes and rail are for accessories but I haven't a clue what. I know enough about table saw to know they are probably the most dangerous tool in the shop and to be careful. Safety is between my ears and tools usually assist with safety.

So, what are those holes for and what accessories do you recommend?
look up the make and model of it online and either find the user's manual or by looking at pictures, you should be able to find out what accessories the holes are for.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:53 AM   #3
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Holes and rail ... can you be a little more specific?
Table saws are a very simple tool, but in my shop, it's the most used.
I just bought a new one, and built a good sized outfeed table.

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Old 05-19-2020, 08:15 AM   #4
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Bump this for you, and in my opinion, a radial arm ripping or a skill saw is more dangerous, Im more comfortable moving the stock than I am moving the blade.
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:34 AM   #5
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Holes and rail ... can you be a little more specific?
Table saws are a very simple tool, but in my shop, it's the most used.
I just bought a new one, and built a good sized outfeed table.
jealous!!!!
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Old 05-19-2020, 08:35 AM   #6
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Bump this for you, and in my opinion, a radial arm ripping or a skill saw is more dangerous, Im more comfortable moving the stock than I am moving the blade.
they are all very dangerous if not used correctly
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:30 PM   #7
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Holes and rail ... can you be a little more specific?
Table saws are a very simple tool, but in my shop, it's the most used.
I just bought a new one, and built a good sized outfeed table.

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dude!!! that is nice.
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:43 PM   #8
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Push sticks, number one for an accessory.
Do you have any pictures of your saw?
Do you rails in place for your rip fence?
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:54 AM   #9
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These holes on the right. It has the same set on the left.




It is a 10" ProTec by Sears. Sorry about the blur. I had some extra coffee this morning.


Another question - I figured with a 10" blade I could raise it high enough to cut through a 4x4, but I cannot. Why? What's the point of a 10" blade if I can only raise it as high as a 7 1/4" circular saw?
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:56 AM   #10
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That's out of my league, TexasTaxi. That is definitely pro series right there!
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:04 AM   #11
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Tracey, the holes are just to lighten the saw. They have no actual use other than to let dust fall through.

The max cut depth on my saw, which is also a 10" blade, is 3", which will not cut through a 4x4 either. If you're wanting to cut the 4x4s to length, a table saw is not the right tool for the job; you'd be better off with a miter saw. They come in a bunch of sizes, but I'm pretty sure you'd need a 12" to cut through a 4x4. I'm not sure if a 10" miter saw would cut through a 4x4.
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Old 05-20-2020, 09:33 AM   #12
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That’s a good deal. Did it come with a fence or a miter gauge?

You’ll need a 12” blade to rip/crosscut a 4x4. I purchased one to cut thicker slabs of wood and to compliment my 10” which I use primarily to cut dados.

Here is my twelve set up with a power feeder.
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Ok. So ill get the starter accessory pack with the pushy thingys and a miter Guage.

Now I need to find stuff to cut!
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:02 PM   #14
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Holes and rail ... can you be a little more specific?
Table saws are a very simple tool, but in my shop, it's the most used.
I just bought a new one, and built a good sized outfeed table.

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Nice setup. I have the same saw with the tiltup outfeed table. Getting ready to give it a workout on some cabinets for the mancave.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:32 AM   #15
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Ok. So ill get the starter accessory pack with the pushy thingys and a miter Guage.

Now I need to find stuff to cut!
You be careful girl. Wood working equipment scares the bageezus out of me. I'll stick to metal working.
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Ok. So ill get the starter accessory pack with the pushy thingys and a miter Guage.

Now I need to find stuff to cut!
By pushy thingys, do you mean the power feeder that sendit mentioned?
If so, that is a luxury table saw item, that you really don't need unless you're doing commercial, production type work.

You really just need a fence, and a miter gauge (for small cross cuts).

Did it come with any kind of fence? For that saw it would look something like this.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:15 PM   #17
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No it did not have a fence. What is this purpose of that?

Pushy thingy - I guess I could substitute a push stick.

I love working with wood but until now I've only really done rough framing; no fine woodworking. I framed houses many years ago and used those skills to build big stuff for myself and family. Things like decks, sheds etc.
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Your gonna need/ have to have a fence. No way to keep fed wood straight. That will bind thee blade.... and I have a friend that had the blade grab and pull over.. running towards him. Cost him 3 fingers
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Your gonna need/ have to have a fence. No way to keep fed wood straight. That will bind thee blade.... and I have a friend that had the blade grab and pull over.. running towards him. Cost him 3 fingers
This!! ^^^

A table saw is designed to be used with a fence or a miter gauge. Unless you're cutting something small like a dowel rod, cutting any kind of wood needs a guide.

And remember when measuring the distance between the saw blade and the fence, to measure the front of the blade and the back. You want the back exactly the same as the front or just a hair longer (wider). This will help prevent the wood getting into a bind and wanting to kick back.

Yes, you need a push stick! AND safety glasses!!!

Always have the blade no more than about 1/8" above the material that you're cutting. You don't want 2" of blade sticking up above a sheet of 1/2" plywood. The less the saw blade is exposed when something goes wrong, the better.

Keep the table surface clean. An old 4" paint brush works good to remove sawdust or chips. A light dusting of baby powder on the table will make the material slide like butter across the table when cutting.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:49 PM   #20
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You have to have a fence. Push sticks are needed too. Please please be careful.
To rip a 4x4 , set the blade height a little over half way ( 1 3/4 +). Rip it then rotate the 4x4 over, end over end. Keep the common side to the fence. Make sure the blade is plumb. 90*
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