Restoring a Walker Turner BN730 Band Saw

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Blog series by Camper updated 04-28-2011 01:11 AM 6 parts 36640 reads 49 comments total

Part 1: Taking it all apart...

02-08-2011 08:38 PM by Camper | 12 comments »

Hi everyone!! I have started a full restoration on this band saw a few weeks ago. I am getting great help from the guys/gals at OWWM forum. Figured I would provide a condensed version here as well. Restoring old machines is a new found passion for me and it helps with woodworking as well :). Here are some pictures of the saw right after I picked it up. It dates back to 30s-early 40s. It was owned by a 101 year old “tinkerer” and his son was selling it as he was not using it ...

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Part 2: progress

02-10-2011 05:35 AM by Camper | 10 comments »

I figured I would give you guys some updates. Things are coming together pretty well. After disassembly and cleaning I tackled the repairs to the wheel covers with some fiber mesh reinforced with a wire grid and JB weld. The wheels had some missing sections where either the PO cut parts out or the blade had taken a slice out of them. For example: here is the mesh I used here it is on the wheel cover and the repair after a few coats of JB weld and sanding. The wire grid all...

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Part 3: electrolysis

02-12-2011 03:53 AM by Camper | 5 comments »

To clean up the table, I set up an electrolysis tank. Probably overkill but I wanted to see what the hype was all about first hand. There are a few threads here about this as well. The set up is not hard, many alternative ways to do it and I think they will work equally well as long as you are not rushing through it. The critical thing is to make sure you hook up the anode and cathode correctly and not ruin your part :). I did have it hooked up incorrectly for about 5 minutes, so make sure yo...

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Part 4: painting progress

02-16-2011 04:03 AM by Camper | 9 comments »

I finally finished painting all the parts. Decided on a two color scheme with hammered black and hammered dark bronze, I may have mentioned that before. Here some pictures of how some parts look before assembly. thanks for looking. I have some touch up to do but I have to wait 48 hrs. Then on to assembly….cannot wait.

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Part 5: Almost there...

02-22-2011 02:34 AM by Camper | 8 comments »

well its all assembled except for the wheels which need tires and crowning. All there except for the before and after pictures :) since not all done yet. I did screw up and paint the surfaces between the male and female brackets for tilting the table so I need to go back and re-visit that since adjusting the table tilt is pretty “sticky”.. 3 out of the 4 JB weld repairs at the corners of the wheel covers turned out pretty good.The one on the right side of the upper wheel is ...

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Part 6: Finally done

04-28-2011 01:11 AM by Camper | 5 comments »

Well it is finally done, I have it all together and was able to make some saw dust. Other than assembling it all, I crowned the tires (the blade tracks beautifully) and used Bob Vaughn’s article to tune up the wheels and guides etc. Great article by the way. I was able to make straight cuts and follow a curve without any problems. Now I need to make some blade guards and a new stand and most importantly learn to use it properly :) Here is the before and after pictures. Note the littl...

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