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Forum topic by Joe McDonald posted 03-05-2015 06:04 PM 730 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe McDonald

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03-05-2015 06:04 PM

So i bought this older powermatic at the first of winter, saw was in great shape just missing a few odd and end parts, including the motor cover. After some shopping around online i was displeased to see that the only replacement ones are injection plastic off of ebay, so i drew up a cad file and was very happy with the results my good friend was able to put together for me, i plan on having it powercoated in the spring with a few other items.


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bobkberg

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 06:13 PM

Hi Joe,

That’s an interesting idea – using CAD. I’ve also used plywood and garolite to make missing cover replacements.

For those not familiar with the name, garolite is resin-impregnated cloth or paper. It’s the basic stuff that circuit boards are made from, but without the copper layers. It comes in many resin and fiber combinations depending on what you need it for. It’s strong enough to make gears out of, but can be worked with carbide tipped woodworking tools.

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 07:14 PM

About half (or more) of the used cabinet saws I see being sold are missing the motor cover, and 99% of the people who buy them wind up making their own out of various materials. I am at a loss as to how these go missing so frequently, but they do.. much like the porkchop cutter guards on jointers which also are usually MIA on used machines. I’m not sure if a CAD drawing is overkill for a square box, but if you got it, might as well use it!

Cheers,
Brad

PS: Bob, do a google for homemade micarta; frequently used by the guys making their own knife handles and similar stuff, but is basically the same as what you are talking about (resin impregnated cloth). Easy to make and lots of uses.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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ElChe

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 09:02 PM

Underwear gnomes. Yeah. Those little bastards that sneak in at night and steal your underwear and socks. They use vintage motor covers to store their stolen booty.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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Joe McDonald

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 12:39 AM


About half (or more) of the used cabinet saws I see being sold are missing the motor cover, and 99% of the people who buy them wind up making their own out of various materials. I am at a loss as to how these go missing so frequently, but they do.. much like the porkchop cutter guards on jointers which also are usually MIA on used machines. I m not sure if a CAD drawing is overkill for a square box, but if you got it, might as well use it!

Cheers,
Brad

Yes i see alot of these saws missing the motor cover so this was my remedy, my buddy is going to get some more sheet steel and make a few more so if anyone wants the steel box for a more original look on their powermatics i will have some more soon,
Joe.

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 12:44 AM

I had to screw a Rubbermaid tub to my unisaw.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 03:34 AM

Take a pic of that, and send it to Rubbermaid. :D

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Joe McDonald

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 06:47 PM

Got the cover put on, no gotta just have it powdercoated.

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