Bandsaw Recon - The beginning #1: Starting from Scratch

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Blog entry by davidroberts posted 11-29-2009 11:45 PM 5640 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Starting a new old arn project like I need another hole in my head. Craftsman – King Seeley 12” bandsaw, model# 103.24280, circa 1950s. Dirty but not much rust. I have removed the upper assembly to start the cleanup. I’ll post more as I go along. You can see some nice examples of refurbs of this model on OWWM.


-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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F Dudak

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 04:24 AM


Enjoy!!! I just picked up a 14” Delta for 50 bucks that is going to need a little restoration, but it is complete. You can see the pics in my projects. I have a 10” Delta Homecraft from the 50’s that I bought brand new still in the original box on E-bay. That quickly became a favorite of mine because it is so sturdy and cuts so well.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 05:20 AM

i have this same bandsaw. traded for it back in the early 70s. rebuilt it twice. has been in daily use since i got it.
some parts are a little hard to get. don’t use sears blades, get good blades . good find.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 06:36 AM

Hey FJDIII, how did I miss your Delta old Arn 14” blog? That is a great saw, well made and heavy. You did a nice restoration job. It’s more fun when the thing is not a rust bucket. A fellow OWWMer sold me a like new 3/4hp motor and a few like new blades for a good price. I’ve got less in this machine than a cheap dovetail jig. I plan to use the 12” for general sawing, tendons, curves, maybe dovetails, narrow stock resawing, but will eventually purchase a 14” with a riser block for larger resaw projects. baby steps.

Jerryw – I may need your advice when i get to the nitty gritty. I’ve got the upper assembly off and cleaned up the thrust bearing and it spins fine. The component that holds the guide blocks has some blade damage but is functional. I believe Sears still sells the round guide blocks and Carter may have a replacement. The ones that came with the saw are pretty beat up. I may can grind and sand them flat. I could always use a hardwood dowel. I’ve been reading up on suppliers of tires and such. Fortunately the saw is of simple construction and has all the parts that I can tell except the fence and miter gauge. I’ll worry about a fence later. I can always use a 2×4 and clamps.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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