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Blog entry by Beginningwoodworker posted 11-26-2008 12:06 AM 2702 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I will be rebuilding this 19 year old unisaw, This going to be a fun project going to take a few months. I started with cleaning the top and adding a left side wing.



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lew

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 12:28 AM

CJ,

Looking Good!

There is no better way to learn the operation and peculiarities of your equipment than to rebuild it. I hope these new pieces require nothing more than some cleaning and lubrication.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 12:34 AM

Charles,

You did a really nice job restoring the saw so far. Once you are done you will have a top quality tool to work with.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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TomK

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#3 posted 11-26-2008 12:57 AM

Cleaning up nicely!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 01:21 AM

Definitely a diamond in the rough. Good job on the top!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 11-26-2008 01:34 AM

Lots of elbow grease huh, but worth every bit of it in the end.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 01:38 AM

I think I am going to replace the motor.

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Lenny

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#7 posted 11-26-2008 04:26 AM

Hi Charles,

I have seen a few of your projects and comments here at LJ and I wanted to say hello and best wishes to you. As everyone has noted, so far you have done a great job cleaning up this tool. Continued success in the process!

Lenny

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 11-26-2008 06:07 AM

Thanks Lenny, I will be giveing it a new paint job and adding a 2hp motor.

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#9 posted 11-26-2008 06:09 AM

wow…that is amazing!!!! keep us posted…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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miles125

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#10 posted 11-26-2008 06:54 AM

You should get you a Vega saw fence with a 50” width capacity to go on this. Lookin good so far!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Tomcat1066

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#11 posted 11-26-2008 12:58 PM

Looks good so far! That looks to be the hard part. Is the saw usable at this point, or is the new motor necessary for that?

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 11-26-2008 05:27 PM

The new motor is necessary.

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 11-26-2008 06:03 PM

Good luck on this. I would suggest that you go with a 3 horse motor rather than 2. I have a 3 on my jet and it handles most things very well. I’ve done tops with WD-40 and steel wool.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Tomcat1066

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#14 posted 11-26-2008 07:59 PM

Ah! Thanks for the clarification. Best of luck with all that!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Don Newton

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#15 posted 11-26-2008 08:07 PM

Hi Charles,

You will have a good tool when you are done. Have you started pricing the motor yet? How much do you think it will cost? Remember the cut with your saw will only be as good as the blade. Bite the bullet and get a good Forrest blade. You will not regret it.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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