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Blog series by bubinga updated 06-25-2011 06:59 PM 5 parts 16448 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: The Mean Green Machine

04-24-2011 03:45 AM by bubinga | 11 comments »

I found this little gem on craigslist, came with stand 70 bucks, called the ,guy picked it up the same day,This is only a 20 min. drive one wayAlthough it was a little rough getting their, here is what happened. I don’t use my trailer much, so I had to get it out (well it lives outside) get ready to go, I couldn’t get the lights working right, they get corroded setting outside, and had to be replaced every so often. Sooo !!!I grabbed a coupon from harbor freight for some stick on ma...

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Part 2: The Mean Green Machine

04-27-2011 12:26 AM by bubinga | 3 comments »

OK here is the carriage bearings cleaned up and put back togetherI soaked the carriage bearings in a mixture of WD-40 and mineral spirits for about four hours, took them out scrubed them up with some liquid wrench, Got them spinning real good, and put a few drops of three in one oil on them, there is no play in the bearings they are fine shape, so I’m not going to replace them. Motor ready for new bearings Okay people. Here , She is !!!!! The Mean Green Machine Getting her wired up.

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Part 3: Finishing up the wiring ,The Mean Green Machine

04-28-2011 10:12 AM by bubinga | 2 comments »

I bought a new switch, and put an extension on it, to make it easier to flip on and off, (the extension is the barrel of a Bic pen, cut shorter, slipped on and epoxied to the toggle switch, with green tape, for the green look on it) I used this same trick one time on a contractor saw and left the pen barrel full length. I finished up the wiring, I think the green wires look pretty cool.I will be getting the motor bearings tomorrow. This table is the original from the manufactu...

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Part 4: Building the new table on, The Mean Green Machine

05-03-2011 03:50 PM by bubinga | 5 comments »

I had a nice piece of MDF, 1-1/4hick 20”wide x 54” long, just waiting for a project like this.Thing is ! I can’t remember where I got this nice piece of, inch and a quarter MDF, well ! No matterI got all the pieces cut out, laid the table on the machine base,or I should say table bars, anyway checked the table for flatness, is out 1/64 along the length, so I plan to put in some 2 inch long, socket head set screws in the middle of the table, tee nuts on the bottom, I will be...

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Part 5: Adjusting table for flat on, The Mean Green Machine

06-25-2011 06:59 PM by bubinga | 4 comments »

In the pictures below I’m ,using the Master plate, with part of TS Aligner Jr attached, to check multiple points,around the table, and adjusting it to be uniformly flat. Here I’m adjusting saw ,to travel 90 degrees to fence, with dial indicator fixed, and sliding the saw with master plate attached, just the opposite of sliding an indicator ,in a miter slot,on a table saw. Here : Adjusting for 90 degrees to table, with digital protractor, and also checked with ac...

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