Tool gloat: UNISAW! #8: . . . and done!

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Blog entry by ic3ss posted 04-25-2011 04:59 AM 4756 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got the time to go to woodcraft this week and I picked up a piece of 3/4” UHMW poly to be used for a fence face. It sat until today, Easter, when I got the time to work on it. I cut it to length, cut the top corners off at a 45º and cleaned up the edges with a file. I counter sunk the screw holes and tapped the steel .for the 1/4-20 stainless steel screws.

I didn’t have the fence supported very well on the drill press, so a couple of the holes in the steel didn’t quite line up properly with the holes in the poly, and I had to ream out the poly on a few holes and still didn’t get the one on the far end to line up so I just left the screw out for now.

I picked up a clamp thingy for my beam caliper that fits in the miter slot and adjusted the table to the miter slots to within .001”, and then found the fence poly face was true 90º to the table. Then I adjusted the set screws to align the fence to the miter slots to within 0.001”.

Well that’s it, Jumberjocks, my Unisaw is done. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and hope someone will find something in here useful.

- Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 07:43 AM

I like the way you doubled the 1900 electrical boxes to bring the switch out enough to shut it off with your knee.
I have the old delta switch and then built up some wood which is on a hinge that I hit with my knee but I like your way better. Looks like I”m going to have to order a switch and make a change.
I also have the 1.5 HP motor. I don’t know what it is to use anything bigger but I have run hard stock through it and when It feels like I’m loading it up I slow down some. I love this saw. I also bought it used. My serial numbers indicate it’s birth date to be around 1985.
Have you checked yours?
I ordered a cover for the motor ( don’t remember where) and just last week mounted it. now I want to bring dust collection to it so I don’t have to open the door and scoop out all the dust.
First I have to buy a dust collector….....
Enjoy your toy

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 08:12 AM

congrat´s with your new good looking toy :-)

it has been a great set of toturials to read

take care

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 06:25 PM


The switch box ended up being handy, doubled up like that, and the reason the guy before me had it that way was because the switch is too deep. Also the wires were cramped so I left the extension on and it works well. My Unisaw was manufactured in ‘83, and I don’t have a dust collection system yet. I keep looking at the wall mount unit at Rockler for $220, I dunno maybe for Christmas. For now though, the bottom is open and the cabinet is raised a little by the mobile base, so sawdust just falls out and I can just sweep it up when I move the saw back to it’s parking spot along the wall. When I do get dust collection, I’ll have some more work to do on the saw though. I have to make a ramped floor to force the sawdust towards the DC port while sealing off the bottom. I have to come up with an elegant solution to plug up mounting holes for the old motor controller box that used to be mounted on the back of the cabinet, the holes are now open. I also have holes where the motor cable goes through, and another one on the side of the motor cover. Someone tried to cover them with duct tape, and when the tape was pulled off, it left a bunch of duct tape crap behind on the paint.

Anyway, DC will be nice and I’ll be able to have the planer and jointer use it too. I’ll enjoy less cleanup.

- Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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