Vintage Craftsman Table Saw: Resurrecting An Old Reliable

A Vintage Craftsman Table Saw is one of those tools that can command as much attention as the latest technologically advanced power tool in the market. I had that in mind when I decided to bring back to life what may be considered my family’s heirloom – a sturdy Craftsman model table saw that my grandfather bought in 1950s.

Dusting Off My Vintage Craftsman Table Saw

I must admit that my knowledge about power tools, table saws in particular, is limited to the basics. Hence, my first impulse when deciding to resurrect my grandfather’s table saw was to scour the Internet for information on DIY projects about restoring this type of power tool. Unfortunately, most of the sites I found online dealt with selling vintage table saws.

I found several websites and blogs that took me through the steps in refurbishing and restoring an old table saw. However, most if not all of the instructions did not make sense to me. It’s not that the articles were poorly written, it’s just that I could not comprehend the things that the authors were saying. Despite my initial problem, I remained positive that I’d be able to see the day that the rickety machine that has been standing in the garage for years would be whirling back to life.

My Eureka Moment

As I mentioned earlier, I am not that well-versed about the intricacies of power tools. So, it was a relief when I stumbled on a site that provided information about my grandfather’s table saw. Thanks to the website, I learned that the table saw was called a Craftsman Tilting Arbor Bench Saw. I later learned that the model was one of the better models when it was released in the early 50s.

The Search For A Professional Vintage Craftsman Table Saw Restorer

By this time, I had accepted that my grandiose ambition of restoring the table saw on my own would be an exercise in futility. My next logical step was to look for a professional who specialized in plowing through years’ worth of dust and restoring old table saws. My vintage tilting-arbor bench saw had accumulated rust and was missing several important parts a scenario that could only mean two things – restoring the tool was impossible or I would have to cough a substantial amount of money just to make it work again.

Letting Go Of The Vintage Tool

Craftsman Table SawIn the end, I decided that it would be impractical to spend so much money on the old table saw considering the amount needed to restore it and the fact that I was not the best woodworker in the planet. Nevertheless, I had the machine cleaned and dusted just in case I decide to invest on it and push through with its restoration.

Luckily, the saw’s motor is still working, making it possible to actually make it work in the future. For now, however, this Vintage Craftsman Table Saw and its floating drive, as its motor mounting was called back in the 50s, would have to sit in the garage waiting to be resurrected.