Contractor Saw Refurbishing #4: At the top of the homestretch....

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Blog entry by slaphitter posted 11-07-2007 07:03 AM 932 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The project has been delayed for almost a month as a few critical parts were special ordered. Largely due to my failure to positively identify the model of the saw, I was not able to find OEM handwheels. So I went ahead and ordered solid cast aluminum handwheels, with revolving handles, in the proper dimensions.

I also had to order lockknobs for the handwheels. These are not SAE dimensions, they are metric. Impossible to find anyone with lockknobs with an 8mm steel threaded insert in stock. So those also were special ordered.

Due to the way these handwheels work – the shaft has a pin through it that is supposed to fit into a slot on the back of the wheel – I had to bust out the Dremel and a cutoff wheel and machine the slots into the back of each wheel.

Here are the handwheels and lockknobs assembled on the saw, at long last.

Then, it was time for the router table extension wing. The table is a simple ladder frame of 1×2 oak, topped with 3/4 mdf. It bolts to the side of the cast iron table using the hardware that already came with the saw for mounting extension wings. The table does not fasten to the fence rail. The legs are simply 2×4s and a diagonal brace of mdf.

So here she is. All that’s left is to do a final fine-tuning of blade and fence alignment, then install a zero-clearance insert and splitter. Eventually I’d like to add an overarm blade guard, but I’m comfortable working as long as the splitter is in place.

Just in time to get going on the Xmas gifts….

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#1 posted 11-07-2007 02:37 PM

It’s looking good, Slap. I’ll bet you’re about ready to make some sawdust.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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