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Rockwell Beaver Bandsaw Upgrades

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Project by djg posted 09-11-2012 12:22 AM 4623 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2-3 years ago I purchased this old relic. It’s a beaver 28115. It was rusty and falling apart. I fixed it up but the table top was small and the saw didn’t have the functionality I was looking for. I didn’t want to sell it so I figured that I would make a few additions to the saw. I have added a custom table top made with baltic birch. The top has a replaceable zero clearance insert. A new fence which can be adjusted for blade drift rides on a piece of angle iron. The fence slide is a piece of UHMW plastic. The fence design was taken from an issue of Fine Woodworking. The addition of a miter slot and a circle cutting jig (long narrow insert) makes the table much more functional. I have also added dust collection. Since collecting at the source with a large volume of air is so important for capturing fine dust, I have added 2×4” ports. One is below the table and through the front of the saw. The bottom cover was replaced with a custom cover that opens close to the blade at the bottom of the table. This draws air from the blade downwards into the body of the saw towards the bottom left hand corner of the front cover. This captures everything below the table. Above the table is another 4” port which can be slid up and down to position it where dust is being generated. This setup should work well for collecting dust above the table. I have tested it and it seems to capture everything. Thanks to everybody on the internet for providing me with enough information to do this overhaul!

-- DJG





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AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 12:59 AM

Great job on fixing up the bandsaw. A good bandsaw table, and fence makes cuts really easy.

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 07:42 PM

Congrats on the restoration, it really looks good; and WOW that is one dust collector on steroids … I use a wimpy little shop vac with a 2-1/4” hose :)

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 10:03 PM

Nothing like seeing an old machine being put to good use! I have a Rockwell table saw from the same era. A great machine!

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Gndt

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#4 posted 05-19-2014 11:50 AM

Where can i get the plans for this. I have the same saw.

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