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Dewalt 746 Restoration #8: Finishing touches

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Blog entry by ihadmail posted 03-06-2017 05:02 AM 854 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Sliding table mounted. Upgrade customization in progress (Bisemeyer fence fits!) Part 8 of Dewalt 746 Restoration series no next part

Today I was able to get everything needed for functionality finished on the saw.

First up I cut and re-mounted the Bisemeyer system square tube. No more interference here! It’s exactly as long as it needs to be to the right of the table.

Then I got the router plate leveled up. The router was extremely fast and easy to install. It’s the model this table was originally made for, a Bosch 1617. After adding the router I had to re-level the plate slightly as expected. I also added the remote power switch that came with the table.

Then I got the table saw motor and switch installed. This was another very easy task, simply reverse the order of dissasembly.

Next up I sanded the top of the table saw and sliding table using my random orbital sander. I started with a quick sanding with 80 grit, followed that up with 150 grit and finished off with a thorough 220 grit sanding. I chose those grits simply because they are what I had on hand.

The fence system tube had a couple of light rust spots from sitting unused for so long. I took care of those with a quick hand sanding using one of the previously used 220 grit sanding discs.

Last up was to give the entire top, along with the fence tube, a thorough spraying down with Boeshield T-9.

Here’s the final product.

I am extremely happy with how this restoration turned out. I feel like I now have an amazingly capable saw for my needs for less than I could have bought the new Delta at Lowes. I put way more time into this than I should have, sand blasting or chemical rust removal would have been much more efficient. I did enjoy the time I spent on it, so I don’t see it as wasted though.

I still need to do a little here and there to finish off the entire project. Immediate plans are to install a steel measure onto the fence guide tube, I’m leaning toward a Fowler 36” flexible stainless steel ruler over a metal stick on tape. I am leaning this way as it should be more accurate due to the difference in how they’re manufactured. I also need to build a plywood wall between the router table and the table saw to replace the plastic cover that no longer fit. This will also give me a place to store all of the router table accessories when they’re not in use. This isn’t a high priority job, it’ll most likely happen when I have a scrap of 1/2” or 3/4” plywood large enough to accomplish the task.

Thanks for following along on this project.



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maduro

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#1 posted 04-08-2017 06:10 PM

Wow!!! Now I know what you were up to…....very nice!!! Well, I did contribute…. LOL. ;)

-- Nothing better than a Montecristo for breakfast!

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#2 posted 04-08-2017 06:12 PM

BTW, how easy was it to upgrade to the Biesemeyer? I am thinking of replacing my Dewalt fence. It wonders about 1/8 everytime I clamp down.

-- Nothing better than a Montecristo for breakfast!

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#3 posted 04-08-2017 09:12 PM



BTW, how easy was it to upgrade to the Biesemeyer? I am thinking of replacing my Dewalt fence. It wonders about 1/8 everytime I clamp down.

- maduro

For me it was very easy. I have a drill press and angle grinders already.

There were two mounting holes that lined up with the Dewalt table top. For them to work I had to expand the clearance groove to the left for the miter slots. If you don’t have a sliding table you can stop here.

If you have a sliding table you’d just need to cut some of the left side of the angle iron and square tube off. Then you’d have to drill mounting holes in the angle iron for the sliding table support arms to mount to.

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#4 posted 04-18-2017 08:45 PM

Hey ihadmail,

From your dw746 restoration project, I took particular interest in this picture where it shows a top blade shroud. I looked on many dw746 parts websites and they don’t show this part.

Mine does not have this top shroud and it would really help with the dust collection. Do any of you also have this top shroud? Can you show us more photos of this part. Thanx.

maduro

-- Nothing better than a Montecristo for breakfast!

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