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Blog series by MedicKen updated 1117 days ago 10 parts 25075 reads 86 comments total

Part 1: Disassembly

1388 days ago by MedicKen | 10 comments »

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 t...

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Part 2: Sanding, filler and motor tear down

1384 days ago by MedicKen | 8 comments »

I have been working feverishly on this saw. I have spent quite a few hours wire brushing the castings getting ready for paint. After the majority of the paint and old filler was removed I had to borrow a lift to get the trunnion casting removed. It weighs about 100# and not wanting to injury an already sore back I felt it was safer. I have applied 2 coats of filler and am ready to do the final sanding. Here she is as of today. The motor came apart fairly easily. I am replac...

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Part 3: A little motor work

1377 days ago by MedicKen | 12 comments »

The past few days things here have not been well. I have spent the last 48 hours in bed with one of the worst colds I think I have ever had. So, needless to say not much has been done with the saw. I am starting to feel a “little” better and decided I would attempt to get a few things done on the saw today. I ordered the motor and thrust bearings a week ago from Lynne at Accurate and they showed up yesterday. I figured that would be a good project and would not take too much ou...

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Part 4: Motor is good to go!!

1368 days ago by MedicKen | 6 comments »

A little quick update on my progress. The weather here has been a little on the iffy side for painting lately. We have light rain off and on for the past 2 days so I decided to finish the motor. It was completely stripped of all paint and rust and then repainted a nice gloss black. I replaced the bearings and polished the old grease cups. I reassembled the motor and got it ready to run. A few weeks ago I ordered a new VFD to power the motor and it arrived late last week. I temporarily wired t...

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Part 5: Finally a little more work on the Oliver

1159 days ago by MedicKen | 2 comments »

It seems like it has been forever since I have had the time to get anything done on the Oliver 232. I have had a lot of issues over the past 6 months and the saw has been sitting in the shop with nothing getting done. In my last entry I did get the motor completed and that was the end of it. Over the past 6 months we have replaced the flooring in the house which took some time to finish. During that time I blew a disc in my lower back and was not able to move real well. The back is much be...

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Part 6: Almost time to put the hood back on!!

1153 days ago by MedicKen | 9 comments »

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 f...

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Part 7: We have power!!

1125 days ago by MedicKen | 9 comments »

In my last entry to the Oliver restoration blog I wrote that the VFD I bought was faulty and it had to be sent back to the supplier to evaluation. I received a replacement about a week ago and have set out to get power to the saw. For those not familiar with VFD’s it is a Variable Frequency Drive. It works by varying the frequency of the electricity. In the USA our electrical system is set at 60 Hertz, the VFD is able to change that to just about what ever you want, within the limits...

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Part 8: Wiring DONE!!

1123 days ago by MedicKen | 2 comments »

I spent a few hours yesterday doing the final wiring. I decided to go with 1/2” water-tight conduit for the connections inside the cabinet. My thinking was if the conduit is waterproof it “should” keep the dust out as well. Only time will tell. I also used the conduit on the outside of the cabinet as well but I am not sure I like the look. I will leave it for now and see if it grows on me or not. If not, I may replace it with 1/2” EMT and paint the conduit to hide it a...

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Part 9: Restoration DONE!!

1119 days ago by MedicKen | 20 comments »

It has been a very long time in the making but the Oliver 232 is finished!! Well, almost anyway. I still need to make a few small items to really complete the saw. But, for all intents and purposes the saw is finished. I spent most of the day yesterday getting the saw back together and did a few adjustments. I still have to face the fence and miter gauge, make some handles for the wheels, find or make some parts for the fence and figure out if I want to mount my bench dog cast router table to...

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Part 10: Quick video of saw in action

1117 days ago by MedicKen | 8 comments »

I did a quick video cutting a piece of 1 1/2 red oak. The video was taken from my phone so the quality is not all the best. BTW the phone is sitting on the saw while the video was taken. I think she runs pretty good http://s438.photobucket.com/albums/qq110/medicken/?action=view&current=video-2011-07-29-09-17-20.mp4

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