26" Silver Mgf Restoration

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Project by Andy222 posted 01-01-2009 06:47 AM 1940 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before and Middle pics.

I know its not a wood working project but…...... it will cut wood ! ! ! ! some day LOL

-- Andy...... 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands...

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 06:53 AM

Nice job, gotta luv some of that old iron, neat lookin saw.

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 07:53 AM

Very cool looking saw!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 08:00 AM

awesome! good job on bringing that machine back to life…look forward to seeing the end result!
I’m a big fan of salvaging the old…
that will be one nice machine once done! what year is it from?

-- Pabs

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 08:44 AM

Thanks Pabs ….Me too. I have old 1923 26” Cresent bandsaw, 159B Oliver Lathe, and a 10” & 12” Dewalt radial arm saw in line for restoration.

Silver in Salem OH started putting guards on their machines I’ve been told around 1920-22. This one does not have any and based on pictures from adds back then I speculate it’s around 1912 -14.

I plan on putting some kind of guards on for saftey reasons. Its pretty intimidation when it gets up to speed and your head is only a few inchs away. I want something safe but isn’t going to take away from the athestics, I think it’s just the neatest looking saw.

You can bet I will post a pic when done.

-- Andy...... 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands...

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 11:10 AM

LOL I was going to ask you where the blade guards were ? She’s a real beauty .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 01:13 PM

I love watching old arn being restored! Please more pics when you are done.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 02:31 PM

That is a beautiful job. Though I would consider some way of putting some gaurds around the wheels. I also like how you moved the motor behind from the front.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 02:52 PM

Now THAT is a thing of beauty! I wish I could find and afford some of that old woodworking machinery. I would love to have something that beautiful in my shop!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 02:57 PM

Pardon me if I drool. I look forward to following your progress. A friend here in Portland has a couple of the combination machines of that vintage, one of which he has restored. He also has a couple of bandsaws like yours; one in use with a speed control made from an old transmission!

Have fun!

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#10 posted 01-01-2009 04:51 PM

Good for you Andy. Recently I finished a restore of an original Walker Turner 16” bandsaw (before being bought out and produced by Rockwell) and mounted a Brett Guard on it. They have fittings for many vintage saws so you may want to check them out. It has a built-in light which I like.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#11 posted 01-01-2009 05:32 PM

Great job on the restoration. It goes to show that it’s not the age of a machine that determines it’s usefulness.

I use a Fay-Egan table saw 16” blade. I didn’t have to do anything to it, Just plug it in. It does have a problem though the top cast iron is bowed.

I bet you want to see it in action.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 01-01-2009 05:35 PM

I had a Oliver 159MW. It had a new single phase 240V motor

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#13 posted 01-01-2009 06:14 PM

Nice work that will be a great saw.

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 06:57 PM

WOW!!! Great job. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 01-02-2009 12:45 AM

Thanks everyone for the inspiring comments. I will keep you updated with new pictures. Just got back from the hardware store with a possible guard solution !

Stanly2.....Walker Turner made great bandsaws. May I ask….What/who is a Brett guard? Never heard of that before and “who” has fittings for many vintage saws?

Brian..... Did you pick the color on your saw. I contemplated for a long time before going with white. Never seen anybody else use white until now. Your saw looks wonderful. Like the way you used clear door guards. Any chance you have a picture from the other side so I can see how you managed dust collection. Really like on your website your Back Walnut with mahogany coffee table with the floating top.

Woodchuck..... How did you like your 159 Oliver. Looks like a great vintage piece. The one I have is going to require a lot of work to get it running. Just wondered because you said “had”

Karson...... Woud love to see your saw run…. have any vids handy?

TNWoodchuck..... I have a var. speed control transmission planned for my Cresent. Do you remember if he had any comments about using it.

Thanks everyone

-- Andy...... 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands...

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