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Forum topic by gloew posted 01-29-2012 12:22 AM 8194 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gloew

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01-29-2012 12:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question table saw

I need some help…I have found a very well maintained Delta Unisaw that is just over 10yeas old. It is in great shape and doesn’t need an ounce of TLC. My concern is that it doesn’t have a riving knife. I have used this feature on the Sawstop that my local Woodcraft has during a class I took there recently. Has anyone installed the BORK or the Leeway retrofit on the Delta 36-843 model? I would appreciate your feedback if you have experience. I think this saw would work great for me, but I want to make sure it is as safe as possible.

-- Greg, Spokane, Washington


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#1 posted 01-29-2012 01:09 AM

I don’t know much about that particular saw model but there was a Fine Woodworking article about adding riving knives to old tablesaws. Apparently it’s not doable without serious modification because old, American models have the arbor arm in front of the blade and there’s nothing on the back. Their suggestion was to make a throat plate with a wood spacer glued into a slot for a low-profile splitter.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 01:24 AM

i have an older uni-saw too
and have the same problem
as JAAune suggests
a slitter throat plate
is all i can come up with too

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 06:31 AM

Greg, where do you live in Spokane? I live up near Newport (Diamond Lake) where I have my business.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 07:36 AM

Don, do you have a sign out on 2? I go up to Sandpoint for work regularly and I “think” I’ve seen your sign. Looking at your website you do a lot more than I ever will. I am just setting up a small shop here in my north Spokane basement. We want to do a number of built-ins and other updates on our 60s era home.

-- Greg, Spokane, Washington

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 08:11 AM

An LJ made his own riving knife last year. He linked to his blog about it. It was pretty slick. I think he has an old Delta. -Jack

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 03:49 AM

Greg, Yes I’m off US2 at milepost 326 just as you go through Diamond Lake. I’m next door to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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