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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 4: A dangerous guard

While not specific to this particular tablesaw as they seem to be used on all new saws, I have yet another reason why I dislike the “new style” blade guards required for tablesaws for the past several years, and these … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 3: Adjusting the blade alignment

As mentioned in Part 2, the saw didn’t arrive with the blade perfectly aligned to the miter slots. Per the manual this looked to be a relatively easy task, so with a fairly short window of shop time today and … Continue reading

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Real Life Reviews – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 2: Setting up and first uses

With the new saw assembled, it wasn’t long until some projects arose which needed it.  Before they could begin, though, the saw needed to be set up. The first task was to check that the blade was parallel to the … Continue reading

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Real Life Reviews: Craftsman 16489 Roller Support Stand

I have used roller support stands around the shop for years, and, like clamps, it seems whenever you think you have enough you find you need another. Now that the second shop has a table saw, it was only a … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 1: Purchase and assembly

When you have gotten used to having a tool of a particular standard, not having an equivalent one has a way of gnawing away at you every time you find yourself at the point where you would have used the … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Craftsman 937610 Router Table

My original shop was well equipped, in terms of numbers, with router tables. I had a fairly nice cast aluminum benchtop table, but the undersized plunge router that went with it had a non-standard mount and wasn’t overly suited for … Continue reading

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Real life Reviews: Buying a Bandsaw

When I first started to setup my woodshop a bandsaw wasn’t one of the tools I thought I needed. I eventually acquired a well-used 1970’s – 1980’s vintage Craftsman 12” bandsaw as part of a lot of other tools, but … Continue reading

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