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Restored 16" Walker Turner Bandsaw

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Project by stanley2 posted 1738 days ago 6763 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this restoration some months ago. It is doing everything I have asked of it including resawing 8 inch veneer. The tag is missing because of poor condition but the serial number tag is in place. The original motor with new bearings runs great.

-- Phil in British Columbia





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drfixit

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#1 posted 1738 days ago

Sweet!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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MedicKen

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#2 posted 1738 days ago

Nice job…..If you are looking for a badge one can be reproduced. There is a guy at the owwm.org site that does very nice reproductions. Drop me a pm and I can get you his contact info.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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peruturner

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#3 posted 1738 days ago

What is the max cutting you can do 12” or more?,nice looking bansaw anyway,bravo

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stefang

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#4 posted 1738 days ago

Great restoration. Looks like new. How old is it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stanley2

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#5 posted 1738 days ago

Thanks for your comments. First off, owwm.com and owwm.org are essential resources for anyone restoring older woodworking machines. The max cutting height is 10 inches; more than enough for me since I only have an eight inch jointer. Dating Walker Turner machines is not easy since the serial number is no hint. I do know that my machine was made before Rockwell closed the original plant because of the info on my tag – but it is before WWII. Yes, I am aware of the folks that duplicate tags and I admire their skills – on my list but DW’s list is first. My next resto is a Red Fox 12” x 4” thickness planer next Spring.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#6 posted 1738 days ago

Nice job on restoring the bandsaw!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 1738 days ago

Stanley2….Walker Turner serial numbers do give you a manufactured window. I have an 1180B, 16-544. The last 2 numbers of the serial are most likely the year of manufacture. It is not exact but its close. Walker Turner used the same number for saws built in 1945 as well but changed in 1946. The next known serial is 16-546. Therefore mine was built sometime in the ‘44-’46 era. I am guessing that your bandsaw is gonna be in that timeframe as well.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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stanley2

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#8 posted 1738 days ago

Ken, my serial number is 11356390 so I don’t think the last two digits help with dating. When you look at photo’s on the owwm sites you see a number of different tags too but, to my knowledge, no one has attempted dating these machines by the style of the tag.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#9 posted 1737 days ago

Great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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