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Blog entry by GrandsonOfRue posted 01-19-2010 06:57 AM 1454 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my grandfather’s 1967 Delta Unisaw. It sat for years after his death from the time I was about 10 till I was in my first house at 25. Took minimal clean up and was ready to go.

It had the original fence so I purchased a Delta upgrade. Not as nice as the Beisemeyer but not as expensive either. It was an easy bolt on and was exact right out of the box. You can also see my Jessem Miter which is a fantastic Miter. I run Freud blades and between these three upgrades the cuts on this saw are amazing.

In this next shot you can see my dust port. The set up is horrible and I need to refine the port. I will probably build a mobile base/dust port the the saw will sit in letting the dust fall to the bottom and funnel into the port. The other issue is this model has a big opening where the motor sits. You can buy a cover but based on the fit there would still be a point the dust will build up. So I finally came up with the idea of a heavy poly bag the covers the hole and when the dust collector runs will form around the motor housing and lessen he chance of dust collection. I will post a picture of this after I get it installed.

The next upgrade was a Bench Dog router table extension. This swaps out with the cast iron table wing and is a perfect bolt on. An expensive unit but once again the specs made this an exact fit. It also creates a larger table top for routing which I am really glad is there in many projects. The table kit came with a fence that is easily removed. The only issue I have is there are too many screws supporting the router base insert that you have to level. I spent 2 hrs trying to get them each set so the insert would not rock while also making it level. eventually I got it close then used my sander to make it exact to the rest of the table. The fence comes off. The dust hose plugs into the port into the main dust line for the table saw. I need to design a dust collection mechanism the will not interfere with the saws arbor tilt crank. I think another poly bag solution might do the job. One that can be easily released to access the router. I run a Porter Cable 160 router and want to upgrade it to a bigger one that will handle shaper bits. you can also see the router control I purchased.

Finally a manual I found online. Not the exact model I have but very very close.

This saw is very special and an incredible piece of hardware of its age. I cannot see me ever replacing it and I hope to hand it down to my son some day.



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ND2ELK

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#1 posted 01-19-2010 02:42 PM

Great old saw! They last a long time if you take care of them. I had a 1978 model and as far as I know the guy I sold it to is still using it. Please get that front duct moved. To me it would be dangerous having it there. LOL

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 02:19 PM

Nice old saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 09:53 PM

As a grandpa, nothing would make me more proud that to see one or both of my grandsons carry on and use and care for my equipment.

-- Joe

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