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Oliver 232 restoration #1: Disassembly

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 11-01-2010 02:15 AM 2040 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Oliver 232 restoration series Part 2: Sanding, filler and motor tear down »

As some of you know I recently acquired an Oliver 232 table saw. The saw was built sometime between Feb and Sept 1953. It is 3hp 3ph and weighs in around 1200#. It was purchased through a local auction for the sum of $125.

Today I began with the disassembly and cleaning. I removed the table, 200# gone right there. Luckily my weight lifting neighbor was home and gave me a hand removing it. After the top was off I began removing the motor, motor raising mechanism. The motor sits on a plate that is raised with a pinon gear and shaft, it is aligned with dovetailed ways. Its a nice assembly. Here she is with her top off.

The motor came out next, about 100# gone there. It was set on the bench for later cleaning and bearing replacement.

The table with most of the internal parts.

Next came a light wire brushing with a knotted brush on a 4” grinder. It made fairly quick work of removing the paint and rust. I did one side and called it a day.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I will get a cherry picker lift to remove the trunnion asembly. My guess is it is somewhere around 250-300#.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com



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lilredweldingrod

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 04:03 AM

Great show and tell. These old Olivers are real beauties when they get a little TLC. I hope you find a fence and miter before the redo is done. Rand

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MedicKen

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 04:16 AM

Both of those are hard to come by and when found command a premium price. There is a fence currently on fleebay listed at $450, I don’t think I will pay that but ya never know. If I have to I will put a Biesemeyer on it temporarily if I have to so I can use the saw. My other major expense is going to be blades and a dado set. Have you priced a 12” dado? Talk about sticker shock

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Bothus

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 04:27 AM

Looks great Ken.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

Jerry

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

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dustbunny

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 11:51 AM

Ken,
This looks like a fun winter project.
Can’t wait to see your progress : )

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Edziu

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#5 posted 11-01-2010 03:11 PM

Ken, let me tell you if I were doing this, I’d be freaking out about putting the saw back together right now. You’re brave.

I have used an oliver with the rack and pinion fences. you can’t beat them, for $450 you will not be disappointed, plus, the 232 will look awesome with the original equipment.

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 04:13 PM

This is my kind of project. Good luck!!! You know I’ll be following along. What a beast!!!

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 11-01-2010 04:51 PM

An Oliver for $125, I may temporarily move to California! With this starting price you will have a tough time
going to far wrong on the finished saw. There is one listed at a reduced price for $3,200. I am having a
tough time here wiping the drool off my keyboard. It looks like you have a week or two of fun ahead of
you on the clean up, painting and assembly, I would offer help, but this is not a machine I know anything
about, except that it is very strong. Hope you have fun with the restoration and the operation.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, tryilng to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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NBeener

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#8 posted 11-01-2010 04:53 PM

Wow.

Ken ?

Thanks for posting the only kind of porn that—IMHO—belongs on this site :-)

I’ll be watching with rapt attention. I’d LOVE to be able to tackle a project like this !

-- -- Neil

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HokieMojo

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 11:47 PM

i know, if it turns out like his lathe, we are going to have some fun watching the progress.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 12:24 AM

Thats going to be a great user saw once you is finish.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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