Oliver 232 restoration #6: Almost time to put the hood back on!!

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 06-24-2011 01:20 AM 4743 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Finally a little more work on the Oliver Part 6 of Oliver 232 restoration series Part 7: We have power!! »

This past week I have been hitting the Oliver really hard. I finished the remainder of the bondo work, primed and painted the entire saw. The paint is Sherwin Williams industrial enamel matched to the original Oliver color. It was applied with a cheap HVLP gun from Home Depot. I am really happy wth the results the gun gave me.

The main casting on the saw was really rough. After stripping all the original paint, as well as the clown paint applied by the school, I hit the old black casting filler. It is a nasty thick filler that was put on at the factory to smooth the major casting imperfections.

After giving the paint a few days to dry and cure I began the reassembly. The trunnions are about 20# each and are held in place with bolts as well as tapered pins. With the trunnions back in place the rest of the trunnion assembly and motor bracket were installed. The shafts were cleaned up and the thrust bearings were replaced. The motor mounting plate reinstalled and adjusted and the motor replaced.

I am now ready to do the wiring and get power back to the motor. I spent 2 hours in the shop this morning working on a temporary wiring job to double check the switch I want to use and make sure it will perform well before drilling and tapping holes in the main casting. I am really glad I took the time. I wired the switch amd motor and hit the start switch and it fired up just fine. However, it will not shut off with the switch. My first thought was I had wired something backwards. I re-checked my schematic and found it was wired properly. I called one of my OWWM buddies and we brainstormed what could be a possible solution. After another hour with no success I called the technical support line of the company I had purchased the VFD from and after another 45 min on the phone with them we determined the VFD was faulty!! I am really bummed. I now have to box the unit up and send it back for a return and exchange. Just a minor set back but I was really hoping to get the 200# hood replaced today. Anyway here are a few pics of the saw in its current state.

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

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 01:26 AM

You do really nice work Ken.

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

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 01:27 AM

So spectacular that I’m tearing up.
Which motor did you go with?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 01:46 AM

Wow, what a hog!

-- Joe

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 01:49 AM

Bertha…...The motor is the original 3hp 3ph.

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

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 02:47 AM

Ken, you sure do beautiful work. Can’t wait for the out feed table that tilts with the table. lol

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 03:08 AM

Hey Rand…...This is NOT a table tilting model. The arbor tilts not the table

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

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 03:34 PM

I’ll be starting a restoration on a little Delta 34-500 I’m picking up next week. Early 1950’s 8 inch table saw. Your table weighs as much as my saw and stand!

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 03:43 PM

Great looking restoration of some serious cast iron. That motor looks like it is heavier than most new
table saws, should not have any trouble slicing through anything less than 6” hard oak. Will be waiting
to see the completion on this beautiful monster. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 05:17 PM

Sorry I’m late to the party, but this was a great update. Someday I hope to have a saw similar to this.

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