The Unisaw Experience #5: It is gone...

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Blog entry by MrMeasureTwice posted 08-26-2013 01:32 PM 2203 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is part 5 of this series, and the last entry. I know, I know, but some things have got to come to an end.

I had to make a decision – a tough, life altering decision. My dilemma was, and still is, that I have a very narrow, one-car garage as my wood shop. The Unisaw with the BIESEMEYER fence made it impossible to pass by it, so anytime I had to get past it for a tool, wood, hardware, etc., I was forced to walk around through the other garage, through the door into the shop, get what i needed, and then head all the way around, again. , I know, I know, that’s not such a big deal. Well, it is for me as I have numerous problems with my back, so the less I have to move around things, and twist my torso to get by, the better off I am.

Anyway, I had already bought yet another table saw that is not a Unisaw, but it will suffice for my needs, and, it will not block the passage. It is a Craftsman 152.221140 1.5HP 110v table saw. It came with all the fixins, 9 clamps of varying sizes and brands, even the original manual. It belonged to a woman’s father who had passed away 6 years ago, but she could not bear to sell any of his woodworking tools. And, she hoped her son would pick up where his grandpa left off. He did not, and she finally relented and began selling his tools.

Anyway, I saw the Craig’s List ad, and jumped on it. I parted with my $250.00 and commenced to load it into the van for the 6 mile trip home.

I then listed the coveted Unisaw on Craig’s List and it sold in about a week.

But, the upside is that my back is not suffering, I am cutting lots of wood and making potting tables at the moment. The table saw is very nice, not as cool as the Unisaw, but it cuts and cuts and cuts, so I am OK with the trade offs.

I’ll start another series on what I am building and such… sorry it took so long for this final post of this blog series, but I was in mourning (for the loss of my Unisaw), but I have come to terms with it and it is in a better place now.

~ Jim

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 02:42 PM

Sorry for your loss! Putting a smaller fence/removing the extension on the unisaw was not an option?

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 03:56 PM

We all have to make sacrifices for the cause of space, even NASA. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of your Craftsman saw.

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 04:35 PM

SirF, I thought about that, but decided to let it go. Thought about cutting the fence too, but that seemed wrong. And, it was SO heavy that even the 1000 pound capacity mobile base was struggling under it’s weight. It has to be mobile since the shop is so small, but moving it every time I needed to get by was ridiculous, and nearly impossible.

stefang – so far, so good. Like it a lot now that I have it cutting squarely. Took some time to get it all aligned.

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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