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Gettin' fixina tune up my Unisaw #3: Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)

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Blog entry by Bothus posted 09-19-2009 06:54 AM 3011 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A few more photos, videos and status report Part 3 of Gettin' fixina tune up my Unisaw series Part 4: Take only memories, leave only footprints »

Starting out about 2PM

I will start by removing this melamine top

Fortunately there aren’t too many screws to remove most of them stripped out long ago

See what I mean?

I don’t like the way the frame is designed. Without the wood top there is nothing supporting the end of the Uniframe rail

So I removed the rail next. In hindsight, I should have removed it first. Although no harm was done.

It’s getting lighter.


Removing the left extension table.


One piece at a time.


Not as rusty as it looks.


The Little Woman Called.


I got the top off.

Unisaw with top removed.

Unisaw with top removed showing motor.


I wanna get the saw out of the base.


It’s all about leverage.


My boss is a man of his word.


If you can hear the bearings… is that a bad thing?


Oh, THAT’s what that wire is for…


Securing the power cord.


Running the motor with no load.


Listen to this motor, please.

Well I finished working on it for the day abouit 5PM. That’s 3 hours in total. It took a heck of a lot longer than that to get this blog entry done. I wish I could have done it right from my iPhone as I was doing the work… hmmm, maybe I couild have to my mobile me account?

At any rate I bought a splitter and blade guard on ebay last night for $33. I guess I will need to start keeping track of these expenses to find out how much this $500 saw is really costing me.

;;
J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 09-19-2009 12:48 PM

This is a pretty nice blog series. I have been following your posts and on this one I enjoyed the clip with your conversation with your wife. Some of the comments sound familiar. :)

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

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PCorl

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#2 posted 09-19-2009 02:27 PM

Keep up the good work. I am really enjoying you posts. Great blog.

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Bothus

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#3 posted 09-19-2009 03:17 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I actually wasn’t done with this blog entry last night. It took forever to get all the videos uploaded. I added seven more this morning.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#4 posted 09-19-2009 04:26 PM

Hah! I took my iPhone apart last night to replace the broken glass. The web site where I bought the glass described the process as “Difficult”. That sounded like a challenge to me and besides, I could save 50 bucks and a drive to Sacramento. My wife was ready to kill me.

I was really sweating it because the phone wouldn’t turn on the first time I tried. I had to disassemble it again and re-seat a cable. The lovely Linda was ready for her “I told you so you idi..” speech but I pulled it off in the nick of time.

BTW, I wouldn’t recommend that any Lumberjock try to fix an iPhone. There are a lot of little teeny tiny parts in there and when the web site describes the procedure as “Difficult” they aren’t kidding.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Bothus

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#5 posted 09-19-2009 04:46 PM

Dude! I need to know the URL for the website where you buy replacement glass.

I recently gave a new meaning to the term “Dropped call”.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#6 posted 09-19-2009 04:50 PM

http://www.ifixit.com/

But don’t tell your wife where you got it. LA is too close to Chico.

(Address witheld for personal safety)

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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TheCaver

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#7 posted 09-19-2009 10:43 PM

Me too, I’ve been using my cracked screen for a long time now pontificating the replacement procedure. I’m actually more electronically inclined than I am with wood, so I may attempt it too…..What kind of idiots would use glass in a cell phone….stupid stupid stupid. If only there were another phone with true, full internet….maybe a Palm Pre is in my future….

Oh and good luck with the Unisaw!

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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NBeener

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#8 posted 09-19-2009 11:25 PM

a) That phone call vid was classic!

b) Sounds like your wife knows you pretty darned well. That’s cool. Unfortunately, it sounds like she’s also pretty darned smart. You’re screwed :-p

c) In terms of your “good dress shirt,” here’s where you made your only big mistake: honey? I’ve checked. The stripes on this lovely garment are /absolutely parallel/. Rather than use the try square, rafter square, combination square, or any other inelegant solution to align the relevant saw parts, all I need to do is lay the shirt down in a couple of key places, and I know—immediately—whether or not everything’s true!

d) Looks like you’re doing a great job. Look forward to seeing how this one turns out!

-- -- Neil

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MedicKen

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 12:54 AM

The sound the motor is making is NORMAL!! That is the centrifugal switch!!

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Bothus

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 04:49 AM

ChicoWoodNut: Lucky for youi, the misses says it’s too hot in Chico, so you are safe.

TheCaver: Thanks for the well wishes.

NBeener: Yeah, that phone video cracked me up when I watched it back. You’re a funny guy. I can’t wait ‘till the misses reads your comments.

Ken: Thank you for the info about the centrifugal switch.

How could I have lived this long and not known this… maybe I knew and forgot. So do you think I should replace the motor bearings?

What about the arbor bearings?

Thanks for all your good feedback.

;;
J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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MedicKen

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#11 posted 09-20-2009 05:02 PM

If it were MY saw I think I would replace them. You have the saw apart far enough that doing it now its easy. My fear would be getting everything all back together and have an arbor bearing freeze and spin ruining a perfectly good arbor. The bearings are cheap, less then $20, an arbor is over $200. The motor bearings are easy to do, the link I sent earlier will walk you through the process. A new replacement uni motor is about $500. I think I paid $12 ffor the pair of bearings.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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doyoulikegumwood

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 06:52 AM

i have to agree with ken on this one replace all the bearings you have the saw apart and you will only have 60 to 80 bucks into it well worth the investment

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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