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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 10-26-2010 01:32 AM 1625 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2010 01:32 AM

As some of you know I love the older machines. I have an old Delta unisaw, Delta 14” bandsaw, Crescent 8” jointer, Walker Turner table saw and a Powermatic drill press. Most of the machines are from the early 60’s with the Crescent being the oldest, from the late 20’s.
Today I added another horse to the stable, and this thing is a horse. Late 50’s Oliver 232 table saw. It will handle up to a 14” blade, is 3hp 3phase and weighs in the neighborhood of 1200#. I picked up at an auction for the sum of $125.95. It will undergo a complete teardown and restoration in the near future, that is as soon as I can figure out how to get it out of the truck…..LOL It is however missing the original miter gauge and fence. I will put a Biesemeyer on it for the time being until I can locate an original.

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 01:58 AM

Very nice Ken. I can’t wait to see you blog about this project.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 02:10 AM

I really like Oliver and Walker-Turner! I worked in an old production shop that had these two brands exclusively. They had to be from the 30’s and 40’s, a whole 200,000 sf factory full of ‘em. This was the old Gregg Millwork Co in southern NH, which was bought by Triangle Pacific, then liquidated at auction in, I guess the late ‘90s. Fantastic old machines that never slowed down.
ps, love that Art Deco styling on that old saw!

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 02:18 AM

That’s quite a monster!

Since you like old Olivers, I don’t know if you caught this one I posted a while back:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 02:20 AM

I look forward to seeing it back in action, fully restored.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 05:36 AM

I guess there is more than one way to get a new shop. Buy the tools until you run out of room!! At least I will have all the necessary tools to build the shop with.

Charlie…I did see that saw. Very nice!!

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 02:40 PM

Good grab Ken
I saw it on owwm this morning too

-- Hutch

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 04:29 AM

Thanks Hutch. It will be a nice addition

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 04:37 AM


What a find !

I’m sure you’ve seen the photo blog of an OWWM’er restoring a similar one, but in worse shape ?

That’s gonna’ be a great saw.

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 05:00 AM

Ken, it looks awefully similar (with some differences though) to a tennewitz:

It looks like the miter slots are similar. not sure about fence mounts though.

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 05:50 AM

The fence mounts with tapered pins into the top and then is bolted to the surface. The Tannewitz is also a great saw, the model pictured above I think is a tilting table model. The table tilts, not the arbor

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 06:33 PM

I have had to store the Oliver with a friend for a few days while I get some shop cleaning done and hopefully sell the unisaw. Well, the unisaw is still here and the shop still isn’t cleaned but the Oliver is home. I picked it up yesterday and unloaded her late afternoon.

I am very active over on Old woodworking tools site and there is another member there that has also recently acquired an Oliver 232. He have been talking about doing a side by side restoration, a table saw race if you will, and see who finishes first. Now Karl and I have never met and he contacted me about the duel, to which I have agreed. I will try and blog my progress here in a separate thread to keep all my LJ freinds up to date.

If you are interested the OWWM thread is here

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#12 posted 10-31-2010 09:22 PM

I love old iron.. those were works of art back in their day… still are…

It good to see you got one in good condition for such a low price…

If it turns out you cant find room for it… feel free to send it my way for….storage…. :)

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