Unisaw restoration #1: Unisaw #2

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 08-14-2009 05:28 AM 3445 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been spending all of my free time getting this saw in a working condition. I sold my only useer a week or so ago to make room for the new, to me, Delta Unisaw. In my last installment I had painted the cabinet and rebuilt the trunnion/arbor assembly.

As of today I have reassembled the inner workings and the cast top. I forgot how heavy that thing is! I have installed the motor, with 1 belt, i’m waiting on the remaining 2. Today I installed the Biesemeyer fence and rails that were picked up used off of craigslist for $250. I had built and extension table sometime ago for my previous saw but never installed it, now I have a use for it. I will cover the extension with plastic laminate and fabricate a couple of support legs. The support table is leaning to the right in the pic.

The dust door is complete except for reassembly of the latch and new bagde. The angle badge was cleaned and reinstalled as well as the handwheels polished and repainted.

I also kept the Bench Dog router table and installed it. It an awesome addition.

Here is the motor reinstalled. The cast iron goose egg has been painted and will be installed when the belts come in.

The cast goose egg is seen here on the table. I stripped and painted it and got fancy. I added automotive weather stripping to the inside edge that mated to the cabinet. There were 2 reasons: 1) to keep from scratching the paint on the cabinet and 2) it will help seal the opening for dust collection.

I am looking forward to having the saw completed in the next week or so. I am getting behind on the projects and really need a saw.

I could also use some input on a mobile base. What is everyone using?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 02:12 AM

Hi Ken,

That saw looks great. But that doesn’t look like the same top that had the imbedded miter gauge. What’s the story with that?

I like the router insert where can I get and extension like that?

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 06:11 AM

Going to be a nice Unisaw.

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 06:17 AM

Looks great Ken.

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