I picked up the bearings today. They’re made in Japan. I can deal with that. For about $23.00 my mind will rest easier while I’m running the saw, not being paranoid of a 50+ year bearing going kaput and sending blades my direction.
Also, I finished breaking the saw down into multiple parts and took a few better pictures. Have a look at the album to see them. I left all of the smaller rusty parts soaking in some old Evaporust overnight.
Let me drop a little information here. I’m using the same gallon of Evaporust I’ve had for about six months. I’ve used that single gallon to de-rust numerous bolts, about 20+ hand planes (from a 220 to a number 7) and the stuff is still taking rust off. It has developed a wonderful odor, and looks like a 3 month old uncleaned fish tank, but it STILL REMOVES RUST. It just takes a bit longer…. So, I’m going to let the parts sit overnight and clean them tomorrow. At that point I think I’m going to pour it out and move on to my new gallon for the saw top and trunnion.
When I decided to kick this project off, two images come to mind. An old Woody Wagon, and this project that I couldn’t get out of my mind….
I plan to make the new base in a way that reflects the paneling from an old woody wagon. I plan to polish all the steel, chrome and aluminum on the saw to a nice shine. This brought me to another idea….. Why not take my Incra back to the silver color underneath and polish it too? SOOOO, Today I did some research about anodizing aluminum. From what I found, anodizing is a pain to do without all of the right equipment and a good reason. On the other hand, stripping anodized aluminum requires a bit of drain cleaner or oven cleaner and a lot of elbow grease. Aside from the fact that this will most assuredly destroy any warranty my Incra might have, I worry about the structural integrity of the fence system after the process. I have had a time finding any definite information. This idea is up in the air for now. If anyone has any definitive knowledge on this subject, I could use some advice.
-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi