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Blog series by MikeGCNY updated 04-03-2011 06:36 AM 9 parts 33635 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Pickup and Carry Down

02-07-2011 07:19 PM by MikeGCNY | 2 comments »

Picked up a 5HP Powermatic 66 and a Rockwell Unisaw (with vintage Biesemeyer fences) last weekend. I am keeping the Powermatic and will be restoring it. Unisaw: Powermatic 66 (with a 65 Mustang) I stripped the 66 down and carried the components down into my basement. I was a pain-in-the-... getting the cabinet down. Luckily I have a exterior cement staircase and a good hand truck. The Powermatic has what looks like a fairly new 3 phase Baldor motor in it. It ca...

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Part 2: Strip, Prime, Paint

02-14-2011 06:41 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

This weekend I decided to strip the Powermatic 66 and the 2 Beisemeyer fence systems and prime and paint them. I was hoping to keep the stripes on the saw, but the decals were tool badly damaged and I do not have the time to paint new ones on. I also was not able to match the original color, but I came “close”. (I keep telling myself, “It is a saw, not your 65 Mustang,”) I still need to finish up some of the paint on the edges of the top, mount the fence rails, at...

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Part 3: On the Fence and Need Some Help

02-16-2011 04:30 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

I spent a few hours last night disassembling the 2 Biesemeyer T-Squares and removing the laminated plywood faces. Besides a nasty splinter in my thumb, the process left me with a bigger problem: How to re-face the T-Squares. I do not want to purchase the Beisemeyer replacement face. They are too expensive and there is just something fundamentally wrong with a woodworker paying 70 dollars for a 3×42 piece of laminated ply. I have come up with the following options, but am not sure wh...

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Part 4: Powering a 5HP Monster with Single Phase Power

02-19-2011 04:34 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

So, just as I suspected, the 66 came with a fairly new 5 horse 3 phase Baldor motor. (Yeah Me!) I was able to figure this out by calling Baldor’s customer service and reading them through the different numbers on the motor plate. As it turns out, the motor is only 2 years old. The saw is 22. As many of you know from reading other posting on Lumberjocks, there are several options to consider when your shop simply has single phase power and your machinery requires 3 phase power. The ...

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Part 5: Putting it Back Together

02-21-2011 04:07 AM by MikeGCNY | 5 comments »

I spent some time this weekend finishing up the paint and putting the saw back together. I will take some more photos with my SLR (I took these with my phone and the quality is not so great) and post later in the week when I make some more progress. Biesemeyer Fence Here is the Biesemeyer T-Square getting its paint: Here are the fence rails getting their paint: My Daughter Olivia with the Powermatic 66 She can’t wait until it is done because we are going to build...

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Part 6: VFD Soft Start in Action

03-07-2011 06:37 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

I finished wiring the Variable Frequency Drive this weekend. I made a video of the VFD in action. Video Here is the VFD and Disconnect The SawHere is a picture of the saw with the re-surfaced Beisemeyer Fence. I used a sheet of 3/16 UHMW Polyethylene laminate. I cannot believe the cost of the wiring. For this and my band saw I spent close to 400 dollars on wire and breakers.

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Part 7: Alignment and New Blade

03-21-2011 06:41 AM by MikeGCNY | 3 comments »

I finished aligning the saw this weekend and built some cabinets with it. I replaced the Amana blade that I had on this saw with a Ridge Carbide TS2000. All I can saw is “WOW!” I like this blade even better than the WW II that I had on my contractor saw. I made a little video of the new blade in action.

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Part 8: The First Fence

03-29-2011 04:30 AM by MikeGCNY | 1 comment »

This is the first of my 2 Biesemeyer fences that I am restoring. For this one, I purchases some UHMW polyethylene from McMaster-Carr. I used a 1/2 inch forstner bit to drill out the countersinks and then screwed the material to the fence using the original screws. I then spent close to 3 hours shimming the back of the fence so it is flat to about 0.004. I am not sure what the factory tolerances are on a Biesmeyer. The fence is now very slick and is great to use. With this and the 5 hp ...

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Part 9: Mini Outfeed and Extension Table

04-03-2011 06:36 AM by MikeGCNY | 2 comments »

I built the extension and a mini outfeed table today. I used all left over ply and hardboard and finished it off with a few coats of poly. I built the mini outfeed table so that the fence has a consistent surface to run across from right to left. Without this, it would ride on cast iron and hardboard; now it just rides on hardboard. The outfeed table that I am building will be on casters and will latch onto the mini outfeed table with some rubber latches.

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