I got back on the Unisaw rehab today. It was pretty hot in the shop, so I had to keep a towel handy to keep sweat off the cast iron. Weather guy tells me that the high temperature today was around 94F with humidity in the 80% area. Not a real surprise for south Louisiana in September though.
I realized that I had not painted the edges of the cast iron top, so I removed them (with my wife’s help) and set the assembled top on my workbench. I flipped it over and removed the wings. I put some effort into getting a better shine on the top. I used the RO sander with 220 grit and dry sanded the top and wings, after which I wet sanded by hand with 800 and 2000 grit. I used mineral spirits as the lubricant. While the shine is much better than when I started, I am still not very satisfied with the level of polish. I accept that this is as good as it gets, though.
Top with edges painted, reinstalled and realigned.
Wings all shined up, edges painted and ready for reinstallation. I had planned on doing that today, but the high humidity extended the time between coats and final drying. I’ll finish that up tomorrow.
In an earlier blog entry, I posted a picture of the top showing an uneven area on the operator’s side of the blade opening. Upon closer inspection, the top is actually cracked. Plan of action: do nothing at this time.
I also replaced the switch. It’s a 1HP, 110V motor, so I just used a standard light switch (replaced what was there before). I tested it, and it does work as intended.
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