Jet cabinet saw re-hab

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Blog series by Mainiac Matt updated 05-18-2013 12:30 AM 26 parts 60348 reads 137 comments total

Part 1: a new cener piece for the shop..... needs a little TLC

06-29-2012 03:39 AM by Mainiac Matt | 8 comments »

I posted about my good fortune scoring this early 80’s Jet CTAS10 with Biesemeyer fence and 50” table…. Here she is…. just needs a little TLC I hit the top with course steel wool to get the flakey red rust off upon taking things apart I have these observations… The Biesemeyer fence is really rugged…. tube is straight as and arrow, even after some rough handling, and the ‘L’ brackets are really rugged… must ...

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Part 2: mover over Barbie.... Evapo-rust is movin' in

06-29-2012 02:16 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

So there’s two approaches for Evapo-rust… 1. submerge part2. for large parts, lay paper towels or rags on top and saturate, then cover with plastic to avoid evaporation. It seems that many of the posts by guys going with option 2 result with odd stains as the products of chelation (carbon bonded to iron??) are deposted in certain areas more than others….. So I set off on a hunt through the house, basement, attic and barn to find a tub large enough for the 27̶...

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Part 3: first wing cleaned up

06-29-2012 11:49 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

before and after the weird thing about this Evapo-rust stuff… is that no matter how much you wipe it clean, it still turns a white paper towel black. Hmmmmm…. I was planning to hit the table with my jitter bug sander and mineral spirits when all done…. perhaps that will take it down to bare metal again….. Not sure if you can tell by the photo, but the table has some deep scratches in it…. I suspect someone cut lumber with exposed nails̷...

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Part 4: second wing cleaned up...

06-30-2012 01:54 AM by Mainiac Matt | 2 comments »

not to shabby…. I took a putty knife to the blotches on the first one and they scraped right off. I’m guessing that the rust was thicker there and because I only soaked them for ~3 hrs, it wasn’t enough time to react through it all in those areas. plan is to jitterbug them with a splash of mineral spirits and then hit them with a greenie and barkeepers friend (don’t tell my wife please) then some paste wax and hopefully call it done. I’m at a ...

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Part 5: more progress on the top...

07-03-2012 02:10 AM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

Doggy pool wasn’t big enough to submurge the main section of the top, so I had to sacrifice some old t-shirts to the cause and use the wet cloth soak method…. didn’t work out quite as well as submerging the extension wings did…. but not too bad. I think I’m done with the rust removal untill after I reassemble the top… which will be a while. Next up is to do a thorough cleaning of the cabinet, and see what conditon the arbor bearings are in, and wh...

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Part 6: Blog / project resurrection....

03-12-2013 08:11 PM by Mainiac Matt | 11 comments »

I finally knocked out several other (non-woodworking) projects and got back into my TS last night. Since I have to move it from the barn to the basement all by my lonesome self, I’m disassembling it into the major sub-assemblies. I have the cast iron table and extensions cleaned up and moved down. So last night I took down the motor and cleaned it up…. YUK! This saw was last used in our box shop at work to cut blocks from glued up thicknesses of cardboard and it was NOT ...

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Part 7: Houston, the Eagle has landed!!

03-13-2013 11:27 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

One man, one dolly and one daughter to hold the doors and clear the way…. Progress !!!

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Part 8: Amazing what you notice when you clean something

03-14-2013 06:17 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

I discovered that the front arbor bracket casting has a small area broken off the little bump out ledge (see red arrow) where the 90 deg. stop screw (labelled C & D) should hit it. :^( Not a major issue as I rarely tilt the blade, but I think cranking the mechanism untill the stop screw hits the ledge helps take out the backlash and better locks the mechanism in place. Hmmmmmmm… I’ll have to think on this one.

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Part 9: Disassembled the arbor

03-14-2013 11:26 PM by Mainiac Matt | 13 comments »

Took the entire arbor bracket assy into work today and one of our maintenance mechanics helped me take it apart on the press. The Spanner Nut was a peculiar piece of hardware that didn’t match up with any of the various spanner wrenches they had in their chest. So he put a torch to it and then it broke free with just a tap on a drift pin held at an angle. New mechanic, who I had never met before…very nice guy…. so I made a new friend in the process. One bearing ...

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Part 10: Working on the Fence

03-17-2013 02:12 PM by Mainiac Matt | 7 comments »

Guide tube is rusty but straight Evaporust to the rescue Once again…. after cleaning things up, I discover little “gems” The Cam foot is bent… an has been leaving indents in the guide tube. I pulled a Biesemyer manual off the web… and this is what it’s supposed to look like…

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Part 11: 2 steps forward 1 step back

03-21-2013 12:50 AM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

Swapped out the damaged bearing and got the arbor assy back together tonight. Then I mounted the arbor and the motor and lined up the pulleys. But in the process of tightening up the bolt that locks the motor in position on its pivot, I stripped the threads. Steel Bolt and cast motor bracket…. you guess which one won that battle. It’s a 7/16” fine thread, with plenty of thickness around it, so I’m hoping I can drill out the motor bracket by hand, without removi...

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Part 12: Top gets sanded

03-22-2013 02:42 AM by Mainiac Matt | 4 comments »

after clean up with evaporust…. Sanding with 150 grit sheet rock sandpaper (couldn’t find 220 emery) and then one of the red metalic Scotch pads, wetted with mineral spirits produced…

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Part 13: ways and arbor are ready

03-22-2013 04:29 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

(I posted this as a response to an earlier entry by mistake, and am moving it here as a new entry… sorry if you double read) the ways cleaned up pretty well… a bit discolored but smooth…. I’m told that it’s better off to NOT lubricate the ways, as they will become a dust magnet. Any thoughts? Maybe wax? arbor is back together turning smooth with no slop… I’m anxious to measure the run out. HF link belts put on… I’m 4 links shy of putting toget...

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Part 14: stripped threads repaired & wings sanded

03-24-2013 12:41 AM by Mainiac Matt | 7 comments »

Got a couple hours in on the project today….. started by breaking out my 7 amp DeWalt and drilled and then hand tapped new threads on the motor mount lock bolt. Of course, I forgot to stop by the hardware store on my way home from work Friday…. So I don’t have a 1/2-13×3/4 bolt. Next I brought in and cleaned up the Fence rails…. and I must say that Biesemeyer certainly didn’t skimp out on the steel on these beastly boys! They are heavy. ...

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Part 15: progress with wiring and misc. pics

03-27-2013 12:09 AM by Mainiac Matt | 9 comments »

Randy wants pics… so here they are…. not overly exciting at this phase of the game…. 220v 15amp outlet (dedicated circuit wired with 12-2 Romex) Dust Collector motor starter relocated… better than where it used to be…

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Part 16: Time to think about the extension table

03-28-2013 02:44 AM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

The original table is in pretty rough shape… The laminated surface on the top is pealing off in several places and the far end of the frame broke and has a shoddy repair, which included adding some angle iron to re-inforce the legs. I initially thought I would cut off the top and save the frame and replace the top with a piece of melamine I have in my stash…. But cutting off the top and repairing the end sounds like more work than just making a new frame. The goo...

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Part 17: bummin about humming

03-29-2013 06:06 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

So the saw is making a weird vibration/humming noise, but when I take off the belts and run just the motor it’s amazingly smooth and quiet… even the starting surge is barely perceptible. I also noticed that one of the bearings on the arbor is running warm. So I yanked the arbor again and attempted to loosen up the bearing. But since the bearing is press fit, both into the arbor bracket casting and onto the arbor shaft, this isn’t as easy as simply loosening a nut. Af...

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Part 18: Wings mounted... ready for takeoff

04-01-2013 11:34 PM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

I mounted and alligned the table today… I took a good long time using a combinatin square and feller gauges and got the blade parallel to the miter slot within ~.002” Then I put on the wings and found that both sides were “drooping” so I had to shim them to get them coplanar with the table. I used clamps and blocks to mount them flush and I’m very happy with the results. Next task was to square the blade to the table and check the arbor runout. I coul...

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Part 19: Building the Extension Table..... My Way!

04-03-2013 07:22 PM by Mainiac Matt | 2 comments »

Ol’ Frankie Baby wasn’t the only guy who liked to “do it my way” :^) Started by modeling the project in SolidWorks … similar to my Rockler router table top, resized for a new (larger) plate, and turned 90 deg. from what you’re used to seeing on extension wings… Next comes exporting the cut lines into a 2D file and tweaking to facilitate conversion in the CAM suite… I forgot to take a screen shot of the Enroute file with cutting...

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Part 20: assembling the extension wing/router table

04-04-2013 02:13 AM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

Cleared the bench tonight (no small task) and test fit the router plate into the top… and then mounted the router base to the plate to check for clearance to the intermediate frame members. Then I laid out the frame for the extension table, and set up for drilling some pocket holes. I use the Kreg jig so infequently, I think I’ll entertain myself with their “how to” video so it’s all fresh in my head. My wife would just love to watch this one with...

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Part 21: Extension table done

04-07-2013 03:14 AM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

Titebond Melamine for the wood to Melamine joints and Titebond III for the wood to wood joints. Lots of clamps… Legs bolted on and corners reinforced with screws, and 1/4-20×1” long lag bolts with the tips ground flat installed as leveling screws for the plate And here it is all pretty, with the plate leveled, the fence and miter rail installed…. I’m all ready regretting not laminating the top, as the Melamine has already chipped a little at the ...

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Part 22: New facing for Biesemeyer fence

04-07-2013 11:42 PM by Mainiac Matt | 5 comments »

I picked up a set of transfer punches on sale at a discount tool place last year. And though I don’t use them very often, they sure come in handy for jobs like this. Here I’m transfering the hole positions from the old fence facing to the new stock. The threaded holes in the steel fence body are all in a line, so I set up a fence on my DP table. First job is to counter sink with a 1/2” forstener bit with the depth stop set for a 3/16” deep hole, using the f...

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Part 23: Fence is mostly done...

05-05-2013 02:35 AM by Mainiac Matt | 3 comments »

here it is… Ready to set up the ext. table and the fence….

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Part 25: fence aligned, ZCI fit, etc...

05-10-2013 02:38 AM by Mainiac Matt | 8 comments »

I use a Veritas straightedge and feeler gage to align the fence to the slot… I go for parallel and don’t let the fence open up on the discharge side… Since I got the saw for a measly $100, I splurged on some goodies… always wanted a Leecraft ZCI. UL-1A fits almost perfectly… just a little sanding and I have a nice snug fit. these things sure stink when you cut the slot. I made my first test cuts on the saw ripping 4/4 pine and it cut very smoot...

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Part 26: Calling it done (for now)

05-18-2013 12:30 AM by Mainiac Matt | 4 comments »

Put on a Freud Fusion blade and aligned the saw. Put the rule on the fence. Saw is cutting very smoothly.

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