Gettin' fixina tune up my Unisaw

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Blog series by Bothus updated 12-02-2011 04:30 AM 25 parts 56861 reads 134 comments total

Part 1: Initial photos and videos

09-18-2009 02:55 AM by Bothus | 3 comments »

I bought this table saw from my boss for $500. I thought it was the one we used to use before we got the SawStop but he said no that was a bigger 5hp monster. Turns out we bought this one used two years ago and have never even powered it up. Fun stuff. First impression Safety Label Unifence, among other things Unifence Miter gauge 52” Unifence rail HTC Mobile base Rail pulled away from extension table board Unifence rail is drooping Cleaned up a little Switch Box Need a new...

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Part 2: A few more photos, videos and status report

09-18-2009 02:47 PM by Bothus | 11 comments »

Unisaw serial number label Unisaw motor serial number label I welcome everyone’s comments and suggestions. This is my first Unisaw. It’s my first cabinet saw for that matter. I haven’t a clue what should be done or how to do it but here’s an update. Last night I got on ebay and bought a new set of Delta belts. I saw a lot of link belt advertised but I’ve never tried those so I thought I would stick with the original design for now. Maybe I’ll...

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Part 3: Disassemble! (Don't worry Johnny 5 you're safe)

09-19-2009 06:54 AM by Bothus | 12 comments »

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. ...

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Part 4: Take only memories, leave only footprints

09-20-2009 03:56 PM by Bothus | 7 comments »

Today I went into the shop to put the tools and equipment I used back where they go for the guys when they come into work on Monday morning… but I had to do just a little work. I’m not hooked or anything, I only work when I really, really need it. I ordered replacement wheels for the HTC mobile base. I should have them on Monday.

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Part 5: It's a sad day...

09-22-2009 03:36 AM by Bothus | 9 comments »

... I didn’t get to work on my project today. But I was able to pay it a visit anyway. The darker green is the bracket that I painted with Rust-o-lium. The color is called Verde Green with a “Hammered” finish. It looks nice but it is not a perfect match to the original Unisaw color. The color changes slightly depending on the light. Sometimes it looks like a good match, sometimes not.

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Part 6: Another sad day...

09-23-2009 02:45 AM by Bothus | 3 comments »

Since I was out of the office today I didn’t get to work on my Unisaw again… well maybe just for a minute. I can’t work on it again today. La Jolla can wait two minutes… Painting the bracket again. I stopped at Rockler A matter of personal preference. The thing about recording videos with your iPhone is that if you get a call it just stops recording in mid-sentence. This paint is too gray. I think I will have to buy a can from Delta.

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Part 7: The week in review...

09-23-2009 10:41 PM by Bothus | 2 comments »

First of all I just added a couple of videos to yesterday’s blog entry that I didn’t have time to upload last night. Second of all… there is no second of all.

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Part 8: Take the good with the bad

09-25-2009 03:47 AM by Bothus | 6 comments »

It wasn’t a very productive day as far as getting any work done on my Unisaw but it was very exciting. So it came with a surprise (to me anyway)

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Part 9: Saving the top

09-26-2009 02:25 AM by Bothus | 9 comments »

First let me say I’m not very impressed with I couldn’t order online because of a technical problem on their website so I called the Service Center in Anaheim, CA. They were great on the phone, very nice and polite, took the order and told me I should have it in 5-7 business days. That was only 4 days ago so I didn’t expect it yet but I called this morning just get a tracking number in case it was on the truck for delivery and I wasn’t going t...

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Part 10: You gotta do whatcha gotta do

09-27-2009 06:30 AM by Bothus | 4 comments »

Hi Lumberjocks, I couldn’t believe what a productive day it was today. Unfortunately, I was working on the Honey Do List not the Unisaw. However, I did manage to buy a few more things I need. I bought some black Rust-oleum for the parts of the saw that need it. And even though I don’t care for Harbor Freight much I went there and bought a dial indicator and I am very happy with it. I just returned the one I bought from Amazon. I don’t want to start a rank but I&...

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Part 11: Wax on, wax off... except for the off part.

09-28-2009 02:47 AM by Bothus | 1 comment »

Hi Lumberjocks, Today was another day of doing things around the house. I did steal a few minutes late in the day to go visit my Unisaw project. I am determined* to do at least one thing every day on this project. Enjoy. ;;J The little woman says “obsessed” but whatever.

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Part 12: Run out! Now, while you still can!

09-29-2009 03:44 AM by Bothus | 5 comments »

Hi Guys, In my 15 minutes of free time today I decided to check the run out on my arbor with my new digital dial indicator (since it has no dial shouldn’t it called an LCD display indicator?) I welcome your comments but please remember, it’s my first time so be gentle. I would normally put a catchy caption here but I haven’t watched this video yet so I don’t know what to say. ;;J

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Part 13: I got the parts from Delta (DeWalt, Black and Decker, whatever)

09-30-2009 05:13 AM by Bothus | 10 comments »

I got he parts in today for my Unisaw. Unfortunately I did not have time to work on it… but that didn’t stop me from making two short videos. Made in USA It’s not you, it’s me. Take care guys. ;;J

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Part 14: Checking blade runout

09-30-2009 10:43 PM by Bothus | 3 comments »

Hi All, Since I will have to work late tonight and tomorrow night, I went over on my lunch hour and double checked the runout after cleaning the arbor. Then I checked it with a blade mounted too! Oh, the exciting news is that I ordered a helmet cam from amazon.idiots (I’m only kidding, I love them now). Rechecking the arbor runout after cleaning. Checking the blade runout. Enjoy! ;;J

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Part 15: It's not as bad as I thought

10-01-2009 11:00 PM by Bothus | 1 comment »

In yesterday’s video I rechecked the runout on my arbor and blade after cleaning them. I was concerned because the runout at the blade was .003”. Turns out that’s not too bad. I couldn’t stand not knowing so I did the math.This is a scaled drawing I did in AutoCAD. Point A represents the bottom edge of the arbor flange. Point B is a point .001” out from the top edge of the arbor flange. Point C represents the top edge of the blade. I extended a line from poi...

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Part 16: Changing the arbor bearing... finally!

10-03-2009 07:36 AM by Bothus | 17 comments »

Today I finally got a chance to work on my Unisaw again. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing (like I needed to tell you that) but I got it done. Relax. I know there are a lot of videos here but most are less than one minute. I just watched the whole thing in about in a little over 20 minutes. Please feel free to comment. I need to know what I’m doing right and what I could do better. We will learn together. Removing the blade shroud. Blade shroud removed. Removing th...

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Part 17: Took the Unisaw home today

10-04-2009 06:56 AM by Bothus | 4 comments »

I decided to take the Unisaw home today since it was disassembled and reassemble it there. The only problem is I have no room in the garage. I may not get to work on my project as often because just getting to it will be a project. First I had to move every in my half of the garage out to the driveway. I keep everything mobile. I got my work bench cleaned off. I set my Unisaw motor there since changing the bearings will be my next project. I had to temporarily assemble the saw ...

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Part 18: Disassembling the motor to replace the bearings.

10-05-2009 04:53 AM by Bothus | 3 comments »

I cheated a little on the Honey Do list and started on the motor. Motoring. No need to film that. It’s a short one. Take care guys, Bothus

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Part 19: What to use?

10-05-2009 11:15 PM by Bothus | 6 comments »

Hi guys, The helmet cam I ordered came in today. I used it for this video. It’s not made for indoors and the sound quality isn’t as good as the iPhone either but it does work. Yesterday after putting the motor back together I cleaned all gummed up sawdust stuck to the inside of the blade shroud. It was a lot of work but it is ready for painting now. Maybe I’ll do that tonight… but I doubt it. I need someone to tell me what the best thing is to clean that gun...

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Part 20: Rolling Hills is just down the road a piece...

10-07-2009 04:55 AM by Bothus | 3 comments »

...just drive past Rockler and keep going. Yeah right. Pitch and resin remover. After I left Rockler I stopped at Big Lots where I bought 3 different kinds of cleaning/degreasing products. The Rockler stuff was $10-12 a bottle and the Big Lots stuff was $2 a bottle. I will do a side by side comparison if I ever get to work on my Unisaw again. Having it at home is comforting but by the time I get home from work it’s too late to do anything. I guess it will be Saturday bef...

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Part 21: Side by Side Comparision of cleaning products.

10-08-2009 06:46 AM by Bothus | 5 comments »

Well I took a few minutes before dinner tonight to test the cleaning/degreasing products I bought the other day. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome. I just checked my receipt, I paid $1.50 for a 16oz can of oven cleaner at Big Lots. I hope you found this useful. Bothus

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Part 22: Unisaw Update

10-16-2009 06:52 PM by Bothus | 4 comments »

Well it says that it’s been 8 days since my last Unisaw post but that can’t be right because it seems like for-friggin’-ever! Nothing I gotta focus, my brain, not the camera. I finally ordered the touch up paint for my Unisaw. Hopefully it will be here next week. Hopefully it will be the correct color. If not, I guess I will have to have it mixed and buy a sprayer. Side note: I was adding tags to this post and under “Skill” I couldn’t find a tag...

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Part 23: I miss my Unisaw

11-02-2009 04:50 PM by Bothus | 1 comment »

Well, I don’t actually miss it. I have to wheel it out of the way every time I want to get to my workbench but I do miss working on fixing it up. It has been 16 days since I last posted anything about it and then it was just a video saying I hadn’t been able to work on it in 8 days. That’s like over 3 weeks of no progress.. WTF? I have been very busy doing home improvement type projects (Honey Do list stuff mostly). On a positive note, I did get the paint from De...

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Part 24: Mounting the motor

12-02-2011 04:24 AM by Bothus | 1 comment »

Hi guys. I guess I’ve been gone awhile but I’m finally ready to work on the Unisaw again. The videos tell the story. I’ll be posting the series finally in just a few moments so don’t change that dial!

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Part 25: All done

12-02-2011 04:30 AM by Bothus | 4 comments »

It is complete the videos show me cutting pieces of 1-1/4” teak and running the nickel test. I’m thinking I’ll list it on craigslist for $975… does that sound fair?

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