Restoration of a "Rapid" Beast or falling in love

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Project by pastahill posted 731 days ago 3025 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a long time on ebay for a good table saw. The good ones are to expensive, the cheap ones where are really cheap or broken, but after a few month of searching i found one and …........i got it. There is no id plate on the machine so i think she is out of the 60´s because of the cast aluminum case from the on-of switch. In the 70´s they started to use plastic. The price was very good ( 261€ or about 350$) Yeapyyyyyy. The shipping cost me another 100€ but than she was standing in front of my door. But what now???? She is a very heavy lady with over 600 pound and has to go downstairs in my basement workshop. I dismantled the old lady in 3 pieces ( the body, the motor and the cast iron plate).The motor has 3.5 hp and is the original. Now we can carry it with 2 man downstairs. When she was down i decided that i will disassembled everything to clean and look if something is worn or broken. I was very happy to see that everything was just to clean and i put a little graphite on the trunnion and some grease on the spindles. Now everything works just with 2 fingers. The next step was to give the old lady a new make-up. Dark green Hammerit was the choice to fit my other mashines in the shop. But i was not happy and thought what was wrong. Then i remembered the old british race cars with their golden rims. So i sprayed the base golden with a small stripe. Now she lookes perfect. Next was the table. It is straight had just very litte rust and almost no pitting. I cleand it with a wire brush and waxed it that she get a little bit slippery. ;-) . Put a new blade in and it was time for the first cut. I pluged it in (360Volt) and cut a few stocks. Everything was straight and in angle, no bearing howling and she goes through thicker wood like a warm knife through butter. Now i decided to make a few new knobs and handles. I found a few pieces walnut and shaped it in form. A few coats of shellac and they were ready to install. The last picture show a few of them.
I think i am not ready ( build a T-square fence, a mobile saw base station with a few drawers and a sliding table extention) but for now i can work with her.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 731 days ago

First one I’ve seen …looks like you did a great job on her : )

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#2 posted 731 days ago

looks like a solid machine.

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#3 posted 731 days ago

Now that’s the real saw not the junk they push these days.

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#4 posted 731 days ago

nice machine and nice job !

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#5 posted 731 days ago

Very nice, send a photo of her backside. Show us some motor.

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#6 posted 730 days ago


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#7 posted 730 days ago

Very nice work. It’s always great when we can bring an old tool ot machine back to life.

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#8 posted 730 days ago

Now this is inspirational I got to work on some wooden hand-wheel handles

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#9 posted 730 days ago

Cool table saw!

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#10 posted 730 days ago

Here a few more photos.

1. Moore pictures of the Knobs

2. The 3.5 HP Bauknecht motor sorry about the dust, but she is working hard

3. The new added selfmade dustcolector made of plywood and plastictube

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#11 posted 730 days ago

This is very cool. It is always nice to get an older machine working again.

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#12 posted 729 days ago

Like the old MG’s or Jag 3.8 liter cars! May you be happy together.

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#13 posted 727 days ago

That’s one solid looking piece of machinery, and nice job on the restoration! It’s always makes me feel good when I see an older piece of machinery, that still has lots of potential, be given the chance to keep earning it’s keep.

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