Jr Unisaw restored.

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Project by Matt posted 09-29-2010 02:29 AM 8773 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally picked up a Junior Unisaw from a member off of OWWM. They were made for three years, 49 50 and 51 I believe. It is an 8 inch table saw. The saw came with everything but an miter gauge and throat. After a about 9 days of cleaning and painting and working on the motor, shes finally finished. It came with the original 3/4 hp motor. Excuse the sawdust, I had to try it. :)

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 02:46 AM

Nice find, and congrats on a nice restore job.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 04:01 AM

what a classic. good job.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 05:21 AM

Nice job…..The original miter gauges come up quite frequently on owwm. If you dont want to wait get an Osborne, I love mine..

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 05:47 AM

Where do you find 8” blades?

-- Hello, my name is Jarrod and I am a woodaholic.

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:51 AM

New life to old workhorse.
Looks like you did a very nice job.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 09:43 AM

Hey Matt,
Great restore….well done.

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 10:44 AM

Nice restore! Hows she cut? Looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 03:13 PM

its a ton better than what I’ve got. When you call it a Jr, do you just mean the HP and blade size, or is the cabinet and table smaller too? If so, that could be a great fit in a garage shop.

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 03:24 PM

Great restore. Can’t beat the craftsmanship of the old machines!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 11:52 PM

MedicKen-I’m probably not going to get the original miter gauge. Osborne is a little out of my price range. I was thinking about an Incra.

WJS- They are hard to come by acutally. Highland has some but at a price. HD sometimes has Feud blades. Right now I’m using a spare Bosh 7 1/4 blade.

ken90712- She cuts amazing. Its real smooth and accurate.

HokieMojo- Delta calls it the Junior Unisaw because its a smaller version of the Unisaw. However it is not a true cabinet saw because the trunnions do mount to the table top. It works well for me because I work out of a small, 12×10 shop that I built. But its getting cramped quick! I was using an Ryobi table saw, the one with the folding base. It just couldn’t do it for me anymore. Its a good saw for job site use and that’s about it.

Everyone else thank you for the comments!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 12:48 AM

Wonderful restore – Now that you’ve put all that work into it, I am sure you will take good care of it and run it for many years to come!

-- Jon in Canada. Favorite coffee mug reads: "I never repeat listen carefully"

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 02:54 AM

Matt, nice job on the refurb. Gives you quite a feeling of accomplishment. I’m a bit older than you, but I remember doing the same to a pre-World War II Walker-Turner 10”, many years ago. My granddad used it back in the day and then stored it for a while. When he and my dad built a house out in the country he hauled it out there to use in the build and it was stored outside under a tarp for a lot of years. It’s extremely heavy, everything’s OE on it except for some of the paint and the power cord. It uses a 220 3 hp motor for power. Your blog makes me wish I could find another one.

-- Corky's Craft Shop

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#13 posted 03-21-2016 10:00 PM

I have just this saw, but it has only Serial # 99-5670, no model #. I’m not restoring it, just making it operable and SAFE. So far, I’ve replaced the factory switch (which had failed ON during a cut!) with a safety switch that has a large paddle to turn it off with my palm, elbow or even my hip. The fence rails were bent when I got it, and if I moved the fence even an inch I had to square it to the blade each time. I traded the original cast aluminum switch housing for a pair of straight rails. I saw a reproduction housing with a modern switch going for $128(!) on Ebay.
Don’t ask me how, but the motor casting is deformed along the edge nearest the pivot pin. My guess is someone pried against it (to change the belt?) with a crowbar. A new plate is “in the mail” as we speak. And one of the cast iron table extensions is cracked; just missed out on a pair on Ebay. I can ignore that, but would really like to find some rectangular 7” x 25” extensions to fit between the main table and the rounded ones. The custom replacement rails are 51” long!

I also have a ‘50-’51 vintage Craftsman 10” tilting arbor saw, Model 213.25721. I had already swapped out the funky OEM switch with the safety switch mentioned above. When I figure out how to post photos, I will. I don’t have/use photobucket.

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#14 posted 03-21-2016 10:25 PM

MedicKen-I m probably not going to get the original miter gauge. Osborne is a little out of my price range. I was thinking about an Incra.

I have several miter guages; one or more might be Delta. PM me and maybe we can make a swap.

- Van

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#15 posted 04-10-2016 01:40 PM

Found out my Delta 8” table saw, Ser # 99-27521, is actually a Model # 34-260 Junior Unisaw. I found a replacement motor plate, with the identical part # TAM 108, but the slots are narrower. The original plate accepted 3/8” carriage bolts, but someone used 5/16” bolts, which would NOT hold still to remove the nuts

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