Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #52: And then the table saw automagically appeared!

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 08-14-2015 05:59 PM 1015 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I last left you in the previous episode, Nelly couldn’t pay the rent and…

Sorry, wrong blog.

With the South dungeon space freed up some, and the parts to the table saw having come in, it was time to get the Hitachi C11FL out of the truck and into workshop. The same day I bought the saw I went to a Harbor Freight store and bought a hydraulic lift table. It was a pricey investment that I knew would be used again and again with the thickness planer later on.

The ordered parts for the saw came in yesterday.

Now it was time to get the saw off the truck.

My wife’s 40+ year old college blanket gave itself up for a higher cause, perfect for my need.

I mentioned an earlier blog entry how the inside of the chassis was impacted with sawdust. With most all of it removed, you can see that the interior is like new.

I also mentioned that the reason for the parts order was to acquire a motor pulley set screw. I’m guessing, by how lose all the bolts were on the saw when I disassembled it, that the previous owner didn’t bother to tighten the set screw before using it and lost it over time. As far as I can see and feel, there appears to be no play in the keyway or on the shaft. Maybe this is why he stopped using it? The vibration when I started it up would scare any sane woodworker away.

One of the weaknesses with this particular model saw is the use of plastic gears. The following pictures show the condition of the various gears. I think I got lucky.

The combination of hydraulic table and blanket were in perfect harmony. I was able to slide the saw off the tailgate and onto the raised table. Here it is lowered and ready to traverse the plywood highway.

And automagically it appeared in the dungeon!

Two 1”x6”x8’ boards were laid across the steps, top to bottom, spaced enough apart for me to walk between them and still provide a sliding surface for the saw. The blanket was, once again, the perfect tool on getting the saw safely down the steps. I had the wife hold onto the hydraulic table on the platform while I eased it over the first step and moderated its momentum as it slid toward me and downward. I then carried the table down, over it, and in front of it so I could slide the saw back onto the table.

With the truck empty, I can use it again, taking my time assembling the saw and getting it setup for a space in the workshop. I didn’t even hurt myself. Imagine that!

Of course, nothing comes to me without a price…

Didn’t I just clear out that spot?


-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 09:10 PM

Paul, you need to write a book entitled, “Why Did I Ever Take Up Woodworking as a Hobby?” or perhaps the “Perils of Paul”. Seriously, I am glad your new saw made it to the dungeon without mishap.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 02:33 AM

Paul, you need to write a book entitled, “Why Did I Ever Take Up Woodworking as a Hobby?” or perhaps the “Perils of Paul”. Seriously, I am glad your new saw made it to the dungeon without mishap.

- luv2learn

No pain, no gain! :D

Thanks, Lee.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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