Unisaw Restoration #1: Part 1 - The arrival

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Blog entry by Jamie posted 01-21-2013 04:18 AM 2262 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after so many years wishing I had a good cabinet saw.. I finally picked up a Unisaw today. It is a Rockwell International Canadian version. 1970’s. 3hp 3phase. Not exactly sure what the story is to how it got from Canada to Kentucky, but maybe I’ll know someday. Would make a good conversation when showing the saw.

Here is a pic of what it looked like when I got it. It has the steel base, but the PO gave me a cast iron base also, which I am going to use. It also came with a biesemeyer 31” fence, motor adapter to use a regular mount motor, miter gauge, and a small extension table. Other than having a bunch of duct tape residue on it and being a bit saw-dusty, it’s actually in really good condition. I’m going to repaint it in Rustoleum Navajo white (kind of a cream/off white) and gloss deep blue. It has already been completely disassembled and the resto started after I brought it home today.

For the sake of having the same project in 2 places, I am going to put most all the restoration on I’ll update this blog as I go, but if you want to see additional pics and writeup on it, you can go there at: OWWM

Here are the colors…

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 12:55 PM

Looking forward to the restore and final outcome!!!

Good luck!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 01:23 PM

Wow, Nice find.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 01:52 PM


-- Joel

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 04:18 AM

Congrats on a fine new saw, it will serve you well for many years to come

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 09:59 PM

Looks good!

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