LumberJocks

Unisaw Rehab #5: More Effort into Cleaning the Top

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Don Broussard posted 389 days ago 943 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Priming the Cabinet Part 5 of Unisaw Rehab series Part 6: Belts On and First Finish Coat Done! »

I spent a bit of time this afternoon cleaning and sanding the cast iron top and wings. I’m still not ready to declare this phase complete, but I’m satisfied with the progress.

Sanded the top by hand with 80 grit, then used the ROS with 120 grit. I assembled the wings to the top to check how flat the assembly would be. It’s a bit off, but one bolt on each wing is stripped. Hopefully I can find replacements locally. I expect that I’ll be able to get it flatter with those bolts installed.

I did notice an area on the infeed side of the table that’s irregular. It looks like a casting mistake, or the PO used that table as an anvil. It’s not cracked, but it does create an area that’s uneven and localized right at the front of the blade.

Plan for tomorrow is to pick up some spray paint closely matched to the Unisaw’s original colors. I also need to put some effort into shining up the hand wheels, pick up a matched set of three belts and install them before I reinstall the top. I also plan to make a few ZCI’s out of MDF—the existing insert looks like it was widened using a hack saw, so the edges of the openings in that insert are jagged. I will also have to make a new crosscut sled, since the Unisaw and my existing Craftsman 113 miter slots are not the same spacing.

I’m still looking for an original switch and riving knife and splitter. I have a lead on a blade guard now—hope that works out.

Thanks for looking!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!



8 comments so far

View rhett's profile

rhett

697 posts in 2300 days


#1 posted 389 days ago

Gotta love old arn’ !

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/

View Buckethead's profile

Buckethead

1920 posts in 502 days


#2 posted 389 days ago

The progress is impressive. That girl is looking young again!

My heart has been set on a sawstop, but I met a person today who claims to have owned three previously. He said that certain woods would trigger the clutch, ruining a blade and the brake. He said it got expensive.

Undertaking a project like yours really seems like a worthwhile endeavor.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

View Don Broussard's profile (online now)

Don Broussard

1949 posts in 885 days


#3 posted 389 days ago

@rhett—I haven’t weighed the Unisaw but I know that moving it is a two-person job!

@Bucket—Thanks for the kind words, and good luck with your decision on the saw. I can tell you that I’m enjoying the rehab project. I was a bit intimidated at first, but now I’m pretty confident. Taking pictures before the tear down was a big help!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View Roger's profile

Roger

14373 posts in 1437 days


#4 posted 389 days ago

That vintage piece is coming to life

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

View Don Broussard's profile (online now)

Don Broussard

1949 posts in 885 days


#5 posted 389 days ago

@rhett—I still don’t know how much the saw weighs but the new Delta 36-L336 Type 2 Unisaw with a 36” fence weighs 624 lbs!

@Roger—If I can find the belts, I should be able to make a test cut by the end of the day tomorrow.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View cpd011's profile

cpd011

76 posts in 1871 days


#6 posted 388 days ago

Don, sorry it took me so long. Sent you a message. Looking pretty good so far. By the way I used Rustoleum machine grey on the splitter/guard.

View Dave's profile

Dave

11159 posts in 1473 days


#7 posted 387 days ago

Don I would use some bondo to fix the problem. Other than that she is coming right on along.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

View Mauricio's profile

Mauricio

6809 posts in 1785 days


#8 posted 385 days ago

Coming along nicely!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase