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Unisaw Rehab #5: More Effort into Cleaning the Top

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Blog entry by Don Broussard posted 08-04-2013 11:22 PM 1769 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!



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rhett

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 12:17 AM

Gotta love old arn’ !

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 12:44 AM

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.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 01:46 AM

@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!

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Roger

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 12:19 PM

That vintage piece is coming to life

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 01:33 PM

@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!

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cpd011

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 10:35 PM

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.

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 03:04 PM

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

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 07:25 PM

Coming along nicely!

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

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