The Coolidge Chronicles #20: Part 4 - 1952 Delta Multiplex 40-B 12"-14" Radial Arm Saw Rebuild

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Blog entry by darthford posted 01-19-2014 02:27 AM 2871 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In part 4 re-assembly begins. I decided to assemble it on the stand vs my workbench and lifting on the stand afterwards so step 1 assemble the stand.

Hmmm…the original stand I guess it has that arts deco thing going for it but that’s about all. 40 count them 40 rusted on screws hold it together. I’d have to start by grinding them all off with a grinder, then de-rust, sand, paint this thing and when that was done I’d have a arts deco stand that was not very practical and a bit on the flimsy side. Its heading for craigslist.

I decided to mount this saw on a Kreg stand instead. Lots of steel with holes in it for supporting extension wings and the like vs the original stand and much stiffer. The stand is 28” x 28”. Yeah I paid more for the Kreg stand than the saw lol.

I swapped out the cheap Kreg wheels for these industrial aluminum hub wheels I had on hand. I do like the Kreg casters as they are double locking.

Here’s the stand pre-drilled for the base of the RAS and ready to go. Those are 1” thick Russian birch plywood shelves. It looks a bit washed out under the bright as the sun shop lights but I finished both with a coat of Waterlox top and bottom. Not sure if I like that product, first time I have used it, seems like Watco built up much faster.

Assembly of the base and column begins literally in 3…2…1

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 11:22 AM

You gotit goin’, Buddy! I agree with the new stand and opportunity for the necessary extension tables.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 12:28 AM

That gear seems to have been a common problem because mine is in the same shape and a little bent. Did you ever sell your old stand? I’m rebuilding my 40B and it didn’t come with the stand.

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