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1966 Unisaw Refub #3: Initial condition pics and disassembly has begun!

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Blog entry by jbswearingen posted 778 days ago 1331 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Command decision: It's gonna get repainted Part 3 of 1966 Unisaw Refub series Part 4: Rust removal...Go! »

MOAR pics!

I got it mostly torn down and found out it appears to be in really good shape. There were three missing bolts (so far)—two for the table top (out of five) and the bolt that holds the motor in place is missing.

I’ll replace the square nuts that secure the base to the stand with regular hex nuts—it took me nearly 20 minutes to get them off!

The ways that the motor rotates on are VERY clean. The gears look pretty good with a bit of surface rust.

It raises and tilts pretty smoothly, though it takes much more effort to raise the motor and tilt it over than it does to bring it back down from raised or from 45*. I have to find out if this is normal.

The arbor bearings are shot, as I expected, and the belts are permanently oval shaped. Again, the plan was to replace them, too.

The splitter/anti-kickback pawl assembly sticks, so I’ll play with that to see if I can get it to work better.

Looking at the flaking chrome on the handwheels—what do you guys recommend? I’m not at ALL worried about making this OEM new. I want it to work well and look good, though. Should I wire wheel them and then paint them? I’m thinking a rough, textured paint to help hide the flaws. Maybe a bed liner type paint.

I will be cutting a hole to add a dust port and filling in the empty bottom with a sloping shelf to direct sawdust to the port. After painting the access door, I may tape up the backside of it to improve suction through the table top.

-- Semper fi, Brad



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dbhost

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#1 posted 778 days ago

Looks like a good solid start…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 778 days ago

Looking good. Just speaking from my frame of referance, I would rather see a unit in its orig. color, maybe just well cleaned than some chessy coating. Now your able to see what a table saw trunnion is suppose to look like.
enjoy the journey!

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jbswearingen

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#3 posted 778 days ago

Yeah, that trunion is HUGE! I’m pretty stoked. I’ve been watching videos on YouTube of saws from this era running. I’m amazed at how smooth and quiet they are. My Ridgid SCREAMS compared to them.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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Julian

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#4 posted 777 days ago

Looks like it should clean up nicely. These old machines were built to last a lifetime.

-- Julian

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 777 days ago

Looks good should clean up nicely.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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