Unisaw restoration #2: Getting much closer

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 08-19-2009 05:05 AM 1954 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since my last post a few days ago I have fabricated and installed the extension table. All that is left to complete the saw and begin using is to install the VFD and wire the saw, make the legs to support the extension table and a mobile base. As you can see my shop space is limited and I need to be able to relocate the saw occassionally for larger projects. I cant wait to rip that first piece of 8/4 lumber and see what a difference there is in hp upgrade and 3 phase power.

Dust door....having new Delta badge made

I went ahead and made an insert from UHMW plastic.I guess we will see how well it holds up

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

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 05:18 AM

man , that looks brand new !
i can’t wait to have you using it too .

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 05:45 AM

Solid Gold Preservation! Nice work all around. It will probably cut like butter, thanks for sharing and enjoy working with this ageless beauty…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 07:16 AM

Very nice job. I’m filled with envy. I wish I had the space for a Unisaw. :(

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 07:56 AM

dat’s a beauty!

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#5 posted 08-19-2009 02:03 PM

Good job you have a new saw now.
What is that oval cover of a different color made of.

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 03:48 PM

The saw is looking great.

I cant wait to hear the results when you start it up.

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#7 posted 08-19-2009 04:58 PM

GMman…If you are referring to the motor cover, which I think you are, it is cast iron. It weighs about 30# and is a pain to install alone. They were an option on the early unisaws and are kinda rare. Original ones sell for $300-$500 when you can find someone who wants to part with it, which isnt very often. I was scared I was gonna drop it and have little cast iron pieces all over the floor. I do have to remove it one more time to finish the wiring to the motor. With a little patience and some help next time I am sure all will be fine.

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

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#8 posted 08-19-2009 05:02 PM

Looks great Ken great restoration

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 06:27 AM

Hey Pat…...Yeah I know I had other plans for the paint scheme. I wasnt able to find a good quality oil base in the colors I wanted and in small enough quantities. Oh well, I think it still looks pretty good.

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 10:36 PM

I’m curious to see how the UHMW works for a zero clearance insert. That stuff can really grow with heat and I wonder once the kerf is cut how much friction there would be, shouldn’t be any unless its a hot day and the sun shines on it.

Nice job on restoring it, I’m envious still trying to find one in my price range.

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#11 posted 09-13-2009 04:06 AM

mranum….So far the insert has held up well. I have only used it on one project. I dont know if I will continue to make them or switch to ply or mdf. I had it on hand and wanted to give it a try.

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

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#12 posted 12-30-2009 06:07 AM

The Unisaw looks brandnew.

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