New Shop in the Raw #5: "Uni" = One - a very heavy one

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 12-12-2015 02:55 AM 2954 reads 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After considering asking some friends to come help me move the Unisaw and drop it from the furniture cart to the floor, which was a total of five inches, I decided to take this task on myself. I have no doubt they would have had no issue in doing so, but I figured I’d save everyone involved the risks of crushed toes, fingers and the possibility of a hernia. The saw cabinet and top probably weigh in at about 525lbs or so. Besides it’s close to the holiday and I’m sure they all have other commitments.

Uni in Latin means one and I decided I was the one to do this alone. Architects are inventors and solvers of design problems. During my career in construction, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in projects that involved placing very large machinery into buildings and so I used that experience to do the same here.

I got to the shop in the late afternoon after picking up a few 2×4s that I needed. I also had some 4×4 cedar posts in the back of my truck that were left over from constructing raised planter beds in my yard two summers ago. Those items along with four 18” lengths of threaded rod, some washers, nuts and screws was all that was needed to set my new Delta Unisaw down on the shop floor very gently. The whole event took a little over 3 1/2 hours from start to finish and that was including assembling the Shop Fox mobile base and cleaning the Cosmaline off of the top. In the end I chose not to use the mobile base as I won’t have a need to move the saw about the shop at any time.

The following is a photo essay, from start to finish, of how this was achieved.

In the end, this was actually a very fun project. There’s a certain satisfaction in overcoming what at first seemed like a somewhat difficult endeavor. On the way home I stopped at one of my favorite craft brew distributors and had them fill up a jug to celebrate. So cheers everyone :) I’m enjoying my porter and a pizza for dinner :)

Tomorrow I get to set the saw up and make some sawdust!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 12-12-2015 11:35 PM

Bill, that is an elegant solution to a very common problem for woodworkers. I think many will benefit from your knowledge.

More importantly, this is a huge milestone in your new shop. Congratulations!!!

-- Art

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 12:13 AM

I’ve got to agree with Art. That’s A classy, well thought out and cleanly executed solution. Have another cold one you deserve it!

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 01:37 AM

Very clever solution. I’m surprised that threaded rod, which appears small was able to hold that weight. But obviously it worked. Enjoy your new table saw.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 12-13-2015 03:27 AM

Hi Art. Thanks. Wasn’t sure it was any great shakes since there were no replies in 200 views. Yes it’s a milestone in my after work life :)

In the past, myself and a few guys would have just used a couple of 2×4s and jacked it up by hand. Sometimes there isn’t always a crew of helping hands around. I wanted to see if I could do this on my own and it worked really well. In fact today I used it to level the saw. The floor in that shop is no where near level or flat. There are hills and valleys all over without any discernible pattern.

Today I brought a two foot level with me to see how things stood and sure enough, one corner was about 1/4” out of level and another about half that. So I jacked the table up on those corners and used some fender washers to fill the gap and then dropped it back down. Now it’s level all the way around.

Julian, the threaded rods used are 5/16”. The load capacity for each is approximately 500lbs, so it was well within their load bearing range – considering the saw, without the extensions and fence rail, weighs about 525lbs. Thanks. I will be enjoying it immensely.

Bob, thanks. We all deserve another cold one :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 12-13-2015 10:00 PM

Had a chance to finish assembling the saw today, but unfortunately didn’t have time to run it. I was told tree trimming was on the afternoon agenda. :) I also need to change the 2 phase service from 50amps to 20amps so I could run the saw. Only reason I’m changing it is I couldn’t find a 50amp plug to make up an extension cord. I already made up the extension for the 20amp plug that comes installed on the saw.

I did get to dial everything in, which didn’t require much at all. The runout was dead on .001 so I didn’t touch it. The tilt adjustment was also spot on. The only thing that needed adjustment on the saw was the tilt indicator. That took a minute to correct. The table is as flat as I expected it to be. I used a milled straight edge and feeler gauges and didn’t find any significant deformities. The wings mated up to the the table well and they too were flat and true.

Prior to doing anything on the saw today, I took the opportunity to paint the Very Super Cool Tools rail guide to match the Delta black. The green just didn’t cut it. I have to say the VSCT fence is a quality product. It’s well thought out and well executed. The extruded aluminum fence is milled flat and is it heavy. Yet when on the table, it glides effortlessly. The fence was also easy to assemble and adjust parallel to the miter slots. All in all I’d say it was a very worthwhile purchase. It also enabled me to mount the JessEm Stock Guides in a matter of seconds as they mount directly to the top slot in the fence. They too are a quality product and the fit and finish are impeccable.

I may write up a review of the saw and some minor issues I think could use improvement, but all in all, the assembly was very easy and straightforward. The kit that contained the nuts, bolts, screws, etc, had plenty of extra. My guess is it’s the same kit supplied for the 52” rip version. The top and wings had some minor blemishes, but nothing worth noting other than the bevel at the front of the table doesn’t match the wings, which was somewhat disappointing. My guess is the wings are generic and not specifically made for this saw. I’m also not a fan of the stamped metal throat plate and already have a phenolic zero clearance insert ready to go once I get power. The metal insert isn’t true and cups at the edges. I will probably check the blade tilt again, once the throat plate is changed.

Tomorrow should be sawdust time. I’m really looking forward to using the saw and the quality cuts I think it will achieve. Posting a couple of pics – I see I didn’t completely wipe off the wax on the left extension wing :O

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 12-15-2015 03:28 AM

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 12-15-2015 03:45 AM

What will become of the stock fence?

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 04:09 AM

Not exactly sure. I guess I could sell it or use it as a boat anchor if I had a boat :)

I really like the VSCTools fence. Can’t say enough about it. Works as advertised with no slop. The sides are as true as an arrow. And it’s nice that it accepts the JessEm stock guides with no modification. They work as advertised too.

Wish I had more time in the shop today, but still hand enough time to make that accessory drawer. Plan on making a rolling cart that stores under it.

Really loving the saw. Obviously haven’t put it thru any real paces yet, but it’s definitely a keeper. The little things they did to make it user friendly really make a difference. The tilt and rise work magically. No effort required to raise/lower or tilt the blade. The knurls on the arbor nut with the captured washer are very nice too as is the riving knife release at the front. Used that when it was time to make dados for the drawer. Just pulled the lever on the front of the saw and pushed the riving knife down below the blade for the non-thru cut of the dado. There was no need to remove it.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#9 posted 12-19-2015 02:56 PM

Great solution. I’m going to have to remember that one.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 12-19-2015 07:40 PM

Hey Tyvek. Thanks. Could actually put casters on it and move the equipment where ever you need it, then place it back down. Easy solution if it’s not already on casters.

My saw was already on a furniture dolly so I had no need to do so. I realized there was no easing that saw off the dolly alone. I had visions of it smashing on it’s side to the floor :O Easiest solution was to lift it, pull the dolly and drop it slowly to the floor.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 01-02-2016 03:35 AM

Nicely done! What a great idea.

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#12 posted 01-05-2016 07:44 PM

Catch one of these on sale and bring a 20% off coupon.

One of the harbor freight gems, it folds up to have a fairly small storage foot print, and will save you back and fingers a hundred times over.

Not sure when they stopped being red. Just from experience, I’d go ahead and buy a few replacement casters for it

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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#13 posted 01-05-2016 08:14 PM

Thanks for the suggestion Holt. Was going to borrow one of those from a friend who is a Mopar head or use a block and tackle I have in storage. Figured the B&T would have needed a taller structure so didn’t go that route. It all worked out in the end :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 01-05-2016 08:47 PM

that is once nicely set up shop!!! great solution as well. WELL DONE!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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