My first attempt at refurbing a tool--1977 Rockwell Model 10 Saw

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Blog entry by jbswearingen posted 06-27-2012 04:26 PM 7510 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like buying used ww’ing equipment. It makes my budget stretch much further, and because I’m a very casual hobbyist, I don’t need the latest and greatest tools with the coolest accessories. Because of this, I have a few pieces of equipment that are older than me—my lathe, my RAS, and another refurb project, a ‘75 Harley Chopper (which I’m still in the process of rebuilding, five years later).

I haven’t picked this tool up yet; it’s at my buddy’s house. He was a woodworker and floor installer decades back, and a Harley mechanic after that. He’s actually the one holding my hand through my Chopper project. He recently found out that I’m a woodworker after seeing some pics of a blanket chest I’m building (it’ll be done soon; I’ll post up pics). He told me about this saw in his shed and said that it’s mine if I want it, otherwise it’s going to the scrap yard. I went to his house to take some pics and asked around at about it; they said to jump on it. Most said it wouldn’t be an actual “upgrade” to my decade old Rigid TS2424, but that it would be a great dedicated cross cut or dado saw. Like all my other equipment, it’ll be mounted on a mobile base, as my shop is so small.

I won’t be doing a full refurb on it; I enjoy the aged patina on old tools. I’ll do what’s needed to get it running again—clean the trunions and table, replace all the bearings, replace all the plywood sheeting on it, and add a dust port. The wings are missing in these pics, but he has them, too.

Knowing my pace when working on projects, I won’t promise that this thing will move quickly; I just have too many things going on at one time. But I will post pics as I work on it and show it in action when it’s done.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 01:32 AM

Well, great find and they are a good saw

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 02:16 AM

I keep hearing that! It’s making me glad that he offered it to me.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 12:24 AM

Nice find!

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 02:21 PM

Well, before it even starts, this project is done. I just scored a 1966 Unisaw from CL for dirt cheap that is complete. It’ll become my restoration project. I’ll start a blog on it soon.

Dunno if I’ll still pick this saw up or not yet.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 06:37 AM

Refurbished tools can bring real saving to you. This is an great option not only the budget constraint people who can’t afford new one but also others.
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#6 posted 07-16-2012 01:54 PM


I will end up picking up this saw. I sold the Ridgid saw day before yesterday—after TEN MINUTES ON CL!!! That helped get me out of trouble with the missus. ;) So I’ll have two projects going on. Though, to be honest, it’ll be a while before I get to this one. The Unisaw will take precedence.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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