My new shop with old Grizzly G1023 table saw

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Forum topic by GMuddler posted 01-01-2013 11:59 PM 5251 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2013 11:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbish g1023 grizzly table saw edge sander new shop planer jointer sander router refurbishing

Hi, all.

My table saw is old (yet relatively new)...from 1984, I believe. When you look at the photos you may or may not ask, “That’s old?” Look at the AFTER and the BEFORE. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the saw together prior to the project.



I took a great deal of time reburbishing my Grizzly G1023. I bought it used from a going out of business wood shop that made garden trellises. $200.00. The edge sander ($100) is 6” by 40” in one side. Overall, I’d guess it is a 96” belt or something. Boy can you peel off some wood (and skin) with this machine.The Dewalt DW735 planer was a gift from my wife last Christmas. I picked up the Delta 37-190 jointer for $150.00, and tipped the man an extra $25 as I thought it was too good of a deal. He included a newly sharpened set up carbide? knives and the mobile base upon which the table saw is now riding.

I wish I had taken photos of The Old Boy (the saw) in one piece prior to the refurbish. Alas, I never thought to at the time. But you can get an idea from the photos of how it was abused prior to my possession. It actually came with a power feeder used to rip 1×1s. The power feeder was donated to Uncle Barry who has a mill at which I can get my wood appropriately, and cheaply, sized. He has been very good to me, and I mean that in a sincere way.

I used Matthias Wandel’s ( method for making the zero-clearance insert and also made one for 45s. I used cherry for the fence faces, then erroneously faced those with UHMW (Slick Strips) purchased from Woodcraft (then drilled though both the strips and cherry to mount them to the fence), where I also got some cabinet scrapers, which I used to clean up the holes drilled through the Slick Strips. Phewww!!! That was wordy. I purchased the new adhesive ruler directly from Saw Stop because I was able to see it in person at the local dealer and because it has 1/32” for the first foot. It appears to be tuned well now. The switch is new and I hired an electrician to wire a new 240v supply and replaced the cords so the table saw and the edge sander are now both 240v.

The square tube rail (which I guess must have been rare) was actually turned down (angle iron not at 90) preventing it from sliding easily on the rail. I was extremely close to ordering a Delta T-2 fence with rails, then decided once again to tackle it myself because the fence is very rugged when clamped down. With a few shims, paste wax and some Slicks Strips on the bottom of the fence head it now works great. IF anyone has a suggestion for adding, correction BUILDING, my own router table for the table saw extension rails that would be great.

Additionally, I purchased a JS470EB barrel-style jigsaw from Home Depot and a Dewalt DW618 fixed and plunge base combo from Tools-Plus (free dewalt corded drill with order). And, just a couple of weeks ago I found a deal at a local retailer on a set of Jet Cabinet clamps, usually retailing for $289, for just $100, plus I have four Bessey pipe clamps and several smaller clamps. I invested a couple of hundred dollars in hand planes and chisels and just picked up a 16-piece Porter Cable forstner bit set using some gift cards.

Anyway, I feel pretty good that I can proceed with MOST projects. I do have one itch getting worse with each passing day…an itch for a decent band saw. Something used but in good shape would be acceptable.

I could write all day but just wanted to post this thinking some of you might enjoy the photos. Especially of the Grizzly. Maybe someday I’ll buy or make a Grizzly logo for it. I see a Saw Stop saw in the distant future. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 12:38 AM

Nice capture and restore! Jealousy headed your way on that sander!

How far away from southern IL are you? I have a 14” grizzly band saw refurbished, no fence or miter gauge, but two new blades.

Safe working in the new year!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL Now there's a face that would stop a clock! And seriously mess with small watches.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 12:43 AM


I’m actually in Maine, so not too close. Thanks for checking out the saw. I’m relatively new to woodworking. Just trying to get a few tools before I get deep into it.

Stay warm.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:14 AM

Wow…what a transformation! Excellent job with the restoration.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 02:03 AM

knotscott, you are the person that last year showed me an ad with my version of the G1023 and estimated the year. I’d have to revisit that thread to find exactly what year, but I do believe it helped with finding the correct parts. Thanks again.

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 03:10 AM

Hi, new to this forum! I know you haven’t posted in awhile but figured I’d give it a shot! I just purchased a similar table saw but only came with a fence. I’ve looked at several pictures and looks like it’s angle iron on the back and square tubing in the front? I was wondering if you could help me with dimensions of the rails? Thanks!

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 09:38 AM

I’m happy to help. I’d rather chat personally via email. I’ll see if I can contact you. it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. My recommendation is to buy a new fence from system from incra or other vendor. Can’t think of the others off-hand.

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