I started breaking down the pile parts that you could call a unisaw. Despite the heavy surface rust, the tops cleaned up pretty nice. ~1.5 hours total time to remove the top and extension wings run a wire wheel across them then hit with 100—>220 grit in the ROS and coat with some wax. I wasn’t sure if the tops were too far gone, but so far so good. I’ll probably run one more polish (fine sanding) and waxing before final install, but for now it’s one big item ...
Wanted to give a detailed breakdown of the weight of a 1960’s era Delta Unisaw Total weight ~320 pounds (145kg) Top – 60 lbs (27kg) Extension Wings 2 @ 22lbs ea = 44 lbs (20kg) Cabinet with basic components (motor mount, etc) 120 pounds (54kg) Motor 60 pounds (27kg) Cast Iron Base 30 lbs (14kg) These will easily fit in the back of a small suv. 4 bolts should allow you to remove the top with the extension wings; saving ~100 lbs (45kg); optional if you want to ...
Getting into the hand tool world can be intimidating. Here is some info if you are looking at buying used handsaws and looking to restore them.
Finishing up with my chisel restoration I go through how I sharpen my chisel. Check it out and subscribe.
Winter Storm Jonas had us snowbound for a few days. I made a short film about getting my shop in order since I didn’t have materials for the next project. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/BD1KMiy0NI4
So a little off my main blog but I wanted to clean up the original H. Disston & Sons pre-1917 medallion from my 22” D-8. I’ve used a buffer, Brasso and steel wool, and chemicals on other brass parts before but I didn’t have time to go into my shop today and I didn’t want to lose any of the lettering on the medallion so I decided to try cleaning it up with household items. Here is a list of the items I used:Lemon JuiceBaking PowderA soft clothAn old toothbrush Some ...
A few weeks ago, I bought 5 Disston No. 4 saws at an auction. One is a pre-1940 type and is the only one that can really be considered to be a desirable, vintage saw. The other 4 are HK Porter types from the 1950’s or newer. Below are a few pictures that show the general condition of the newer saws. They are generally in poor shape, teeth are missing, there is varnish/epoxy in spots, the plates are wavy and maybe kinked, and the teeth look like someone tried to use them as hacksaws....
Backstory: Hi all! I’ve landed on this website through many a google search related to projects I’ve worked on and I thought I would give back to the community by posting a journal of my table saw restorations. This is my second restoration. The first was of another craftsman (Model No. 315.228390) which went very well, I unfortunately didn’t take pictures along the way. After using that saw for a week or 2, the arbor bearings decided to fail and it now makes a terrible soun...
This little saw was the absolute sweetest, and I thought I’d lost all the pictures, but here they are! This was a restoration I will treasure forever, and I figure if I post it here I can’t lose it again. A tilting-table saw by Inca, highly sought-after and treasured by model makers especially. Swiss-made with their penchant for good engineering. I found it at a huge annual rummage sale (fund-raiser)—had to get up at 6 a.m. to be in line and then run like crazy. Restora...
I should preface this blog with a note about myself. I recently shed most of my power tools in favor of old hand tools, like Stanley Planes, Disston saws, and old Braces/Bits and eggbeater drills. This was around December of 2014 (about 9 months ago as of this writing). The two power tools I decided to keep in the shop were a band saw and a drill press. Problem was, I didn’t own a band saw (at least not a decent one). So the search began. I hemmed and hawed about it, researched, a...
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