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uMinded

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363 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw beaver rockwell

I just picked up a Beaver 8” table saw for free. I have no idea what model it is as the name badge is under the motor tensioner and the belt was too long so its just a convex rubbed hole.

This saw has no safety features of any kind at all so I am not going to be using it for every day use and the fence has been snapped off at the one side, I was thinking however I could make it a dedicated dado table as my set is 8”.

I will take some pictures tomorrow and start a blog on its restoration but the main question I have here is what kind of paint to use? I can not sand blast anything so will be using a wire wheel in a drill for most of the grunt work. I have seen a lot of restoration with a kind of light charcoal battleship paint and have no idea where to pick some up.

What kind of primer and paint should I use?


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widdle

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#1 posted 363 days ago

Free beaver..nice..

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uMinded

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#2 posted 362 days ago

I have the saw apart and soaking in WD40 to get everything moving again. There are a few damaged bits but a hammer and some paint should solve all of that. The 3/4 HP motor still works well even though it looks awful.

Did the saw originally have a blade guard? The hole on the motor holder is in line with the blade so I figured it would have been for that.

Anybody know what model of saw this is?


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dhazelton

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#3 posted 362 days ago

Rummage around in the vintage machinery website. You can go to the classifieds there and post a wanted ad with your needs:

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=83&tab=4

Personally I would leave the saw alone cosmetically, it looks 90% as is, just take some auto polish to it and it’ll shine up nice. Digging the design on that outfeed table. People knew how to make a machine portable back in the day, no fancy bases, just some used lawnmower wheels.

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#4 posted 362 days ago

I think you might have a 9” saw not an 8”. It’s hard to tell without the model no. but, the few I’ve seen that look like that are all 9”. The 8” blades are easier to find so a lot of people use them instead. If it is what I think, it’s probably from late 60’s early 70’s. I have an old Craftsman 8’ that had no fence or safety guards when I got it. I use it for dados and jigs only. Nice find, especially for free!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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uMinded

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#5 posted 362 days ago

dhazelton: I looked at it funny when I first saw it as it is a set of lawnmower wheels and and old handle. Works bloody fantastic though!

I still want to clean the saw up as on the back the joint of the motor bracket has been rubbing against the serial number plate and that piece of the frame is badly bent and rusted. I am going to clean up the internals today but they look in really good shape so I doubt if they will need any work.

tdfinn: it has a 8-1/2” finishing blade in it currently, I had no idea their was such a thing as a 9” saw… why not just make it 10”? If I decide to use it I will just use 7-1/4” circular saw blades.

I found out that the side table rails are bent, no idea how such heavy steel got bent. Are their any sites, posts, projects that you guys know of around replacing the fence and rails?

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uMinded

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#6 posted 362 days ago

With that info it was easy to find the model I have. Its a ~1969 Model 6200 9”

As for getting one restored I lucked out and woodgears has a writeup on the same saw!
http://woodgears.ca/table_saw/

Makes my life easy. I might take the fence to the local welder and see if he can wack it back together for a few pennies. Hopefully I can find the rails the side wings mount with as they are HEAVY chrome steel.

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dhazelton

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#7 posted 362 days ago

I picked up a couple of Craftsman bases from the 50s/60s and they have steel lawnmower wheels as well. It just works and there’s no point reinventing the wheel, so to speak.

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 362 days ago

Congrats. I look forward to reading about the restoration.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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uMinded

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#9 posted 362 days ago

Any comments on pain selections?

I can get Rustolem in spray can and liquid in grey but I have no idea how well it will stick to a roughed up enamel finish the parts seem to have.

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 362 days ago

From reading most people use rattlecan paint (i.e. Rustoleum). Gray is popular and probably original but boring.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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uMinded

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#11 posted 361 days ago

I started a blog on the restoration:
http://lumberjocks.com/uMinded/blog/series/6691

It is Labor Day up here tomorrow so I don’t know if Home Depot will be open or not but if they are I will pick up some grey Rustoleum.

My next tasks are:
- Prep the cart, wing and table top
- Prep the saws casing
- Paint the saw casing
- Paint the cart and table edges
- Re-assemble and stone the arbor/tune up

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tefinn

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#12 posted 361 days ago

Luckily, since your saw was made by Rockwell, there are lots of spare parts to be found. If you can’t get the rails straightened, you should be able to find replacements. A little searching on the Bay and CL should get you what you need. If you want to upgrade there are aftermarket fences that practically bolt right on (with a little tweaking that is).

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Lee Barker

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#13 posted 361 days ago

Re: paint, ask your local paint store (not a BORG) for tractor paint or machinery paint. I prefer to brush it on. It takes so much rattlecan paint to get enough solids on the work.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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uMinded

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#14 posted 361 days ago

Good call on the tractor paint, theres a massive John Deere dealer/repair center at the town I work in, I will see what they can get me.

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dhazelton

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#15 posted 361 days ago

Rustoleum machinery light or dark grey (or whatever color you want) works VERY well and sticks just fine. One can will do, two if you’re doing the base as well. Brushing looks horrible, no offense to the poster who suggested it. Enamel is enamel, one of main ingredients being fish oil. Blue painters tape on the badges, use a sharp knife on the round or oval ones to cut the tape to shape.

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