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Blog entry by TheFridge posted 05-07-2018 02:51 AM 6088 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked it up this almost complete unisaw (missing miter gauge. Meh) off Craigslist for 450$ from a feller. With goose egg, dust cover, and extra 36” bies fence thrown in for free :) sold the jet lock for 50$. Have since acquired a 52” unifence missing a part or 2 but in good shape to use. Has a 2HP 3ph motor so I picked up a VFD for 80$ After selling off the other 2.

While I’m at it :)

Have since picked up a barely used performax 16/32 drum sander for 250$

and 420ish bdft of 8/4 rift/qtr sawn red oak, for free, from the same guy.

Nice dude he is. I still stay in touch.

So. Serial # puts this as built in MS in ‘59. Was used by the USDA for a couple years then put in storage for the rest of its life.

It was still in great shape for a 58 yo saw so i decided to do a full blown custom resto.

Parts organized

Electrolysis derusted the cast plinth. Worked well. Had to hack the HF battery charger to keep it on all the time without a battery in series. Worked ok. Really needed a better setup but it got done.

The top and extensions were bathed in a bath of metal rescue. Works just like evapo rust.

Fine wire wheel on bench grinder and wire wheels on a drill did the vast majority of the derusting.

Paint on any non machine surface. Discovered paint+primer spray paint works like a champ compared to regular spray paint for this application.

Chrome knobs had the tops filed and sanded before painting with rustoleum metal/chrome stuff.

Machines surface run over lightly with a smooth file and waxed. Trunnions and elevation worm gears were waxed. Threaded holes got 3n1 oil along with everything associated with the bevel and height adjustment mechanisms.

Gonna pick up some SO or SJ cord tomorrow to wire up the electrical goodies.

New bearings for the arbor (88503 extended inner race) and for the motor (6205) kinda go without saying. They’re part of the minimum for me to get a machine going again. Good shape or not. You never know if the previous person installed them properly. Nothing will screw up bearings like beating the crap out of them. And get a quality brand. There is a big difference between the 2$ ones from China and the 5$ ones from a supplier. Side by side there is no comparison.

Happy so far with progress.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.



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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 05-07-2018 03:52 AM

Man O man, what a find!
You’re a lucky man.
That old saw is coming along great!
I really like the color choice.
It’s pretty incredible how nicely those cast iron flat parts look after sitting for how many decades?!
I’m going to follow this series along just to see how she turns out.
Mighty nice job so far brother.

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Holbs

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#2 posted 05-07-2018 03:55 AM

Hmm…makes me ALMOST wish to find more rusted machinery to rehab :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 05-07-2018 04:07 AM

Thanks man. I wanted a different color scheme. Something from that era wouldn’t hurt either :) the hard parts are done but for the details. Except for swapping this and my other uni out. That one is new enough for just a quick paint job. Gonna be a really short series :) not much work left to do on my baby.

This is what I just started.

Rodgers B-20 bandsaw. She’s a monster :) have to make room in the shop for a mini mill and need to restore the old machines and get them set up for use or selling.

Holbs, go out and find some more equipment. You’ll thank yourself later :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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putty

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#4 posted 05-07-2018 12:01 PM

Nice work Fridge!

That bandsaw looks lie it will take a wide cut.

-- Putty

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 05-07-2018 01:15 PM

She’s a hoss. Only 10-12” of resaw. Already have a bandsaw for resawing. Just trying to make a couple bucks off this one :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 05-07-2018 01:57 PM

For some reason the theme song to the Rock Comic Movie “Heavy Metal” is running through my head.

This should be a great running saw for you, as those old castings were often pickled and stabilized before being ground on a Blanchet grinder.

The baby blue is a little much for my tastes… but to each his own when it comes to aesthetics.

:^)

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 02:51 PM

That is way cool. I love seeing machine restores.

One day I…......

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 05-07-2018 03:14 PM

Right on Fridge. Well done man.

-- ~Tony

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 05-07-2018 04:27 PM

Thanks girls :) it’s coming along.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 05-07-2018 09:43 PM

Wonderful!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 05-08-2018 01:55 AM

Thanks Todd. It’s all your fault. Really. Your comments about not wanting another battleship grey machine forced my hand :)

A little progress. Need some switchery and a box but it’s coming. I know a guy. His name is Dad. Should have everything buttoned up and ready for a fence this evening. Hopefully.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 05-08-2018 05:10 AM

It is alive!!!!!

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 05-08-2018 01:15 PM

Super. Sexy.

-- ~Tony

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TheFridge

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#14 posted 05-08-2018 01:21 PM

Well what do you think about the saw tony?

Boom

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#15 posted 05-08-2018 01:58 PM

What saw?

-- ~Tony

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