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My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing #3: Finishing Miter Slot clean up and looking at fence system

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 01-19-2016 06:23 AM 1161 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Working the table top cast iron Part 3 of My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing series Part 4: New bearings & belts arrived today »

There was an 8” gloop of some epoxy sitting in one of the miter slots that had to go. Used razor blade, mineral spirits, 1/8” hard board piece with sandpaper to clean out the side walls of the “T”. 2 hours..geez. But job done.

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Had some time to look at the fence system. The fence itself has surface damage, about 4” of a side panel is long gone, luckily not on the saw blade side.

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The saw blade side panel has…well… damage. Looks like the fence got too close to the saw blade.

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The underneath does not look too shabby. One of the white glide pads is more worn than the other pads. Might have to address that.

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More of the super hard concrete epoxy (?) glob on the top of the fence. Not looking forward to getting that off. Might have to wheel brush off and repaint, or something.

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That got me thinking of taking all parts to get sand blasted and repainted. Maybe. Maybe not.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"



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Roger

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 02:05 PM

You are going to have a gem

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

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 11:47 PM

Looks like you have a Biesemeyer Fence. They are excellent fences, I have operated several table saws that had them. They are replacement parts available. The pad and the side panels are available. Just gooogle Biesemeyer Fence parts.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 12:54 AM

Looking GOOD. Can you get a thin chisel edge under that concrete/epoxy stuff and “pop” it off?

What are the faces on the fence made of? Could you run that damaged side through the planer and get rid of that saw mark?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 02:13 AM

I’m thinking that fence is pretty tired. Looks like the last owner didn’t show it much love.

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 02:29 AM

Pim… yes, there is a faded blue Biesemeyer Fence stick still on top of the fence. I am looking at ideas / enhancements across the net (adding wheels on the sliding mechanism to ease the slide rather than rely on pads).

GFA.. I will try chiseling with my cheap chisel and see what progress gets made. The side of the fence is made of some acrylic or laminate that would not work via planer. I have ideas of enhancements. But low priority as assembly should start tomorrow or Thursday when the motor & yoke bearings come in.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 02:33 AM

Biesemeyer fences do have laminate on the sides. You might just glue a new layer on the outside of your current sides as long as they are smooth.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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