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07-31-2019 01:14 PM

This is what it looked like when I picked it up.

I picked up an old scroll saw on the Facebook marketplace. Not knowing much about them at all. I knew it was a 24” and thought that bigger was better. I picked it up for 35 dollars. Everything works however it is missing a few parts.

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city


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#1 posted 07-31-2019 02:14 PM

Here it is now during the process of bringing it back to working order. Model # 103.0403

This one has a GE 1/4 hp a/c motor. Appears to have oil ports on front and back..should I add oil?

Looks like it’s missing the pump tube cap.

Mine has a switch for a light but there is no light at all, trying to remove it but how?

I was going to go with the original blue but decided that was too boring. Instead because of the time era it was made I’m going with a more classic look, hammered brown.

I decided to polish the pump tube arm as I always prefer to polish up aluminum if I can.

Still have alot of cleaning to do, stripping off this old paint and a lot of brake parts cleaner.

Those of you looking for a belt size for this, look below at pics.

I am replacing the dust boot with one my wife is stitching up with some brown khaki denim.

Enjoy.

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#2 posted 07-31-2019 02:34 PM

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#3 posted 07-31-2019 02:49 PM

will be better then a newer one when finished :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 07-31-2019 03:29 PM

At first I was feeling like I wasted money on it but when I got it home and trying to clean it. Fell in live with the idea of restoring it..I’ve seen scroll saws today and they feel cheap and they are small..this is huge and heavy, yes it runs a little rough but having an old piece like this in my woodworking area is a lovely addition. I won’t be using it for very detailed work. I might try and make some band saw blades for this so it can cut better..comparing this to my harbor freight 9” band saw it feels skippy when you feed the wood through but as I’ve read and researched that is normal for a jigsaw like this.

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#5 posted 07-31-2019 03:45 PM

What a great old machine. I can’t wait to see it all finished.
Good job!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#6 posted 08-01-2019 12:33 PM

Very nice resto! FYI, King-Seeley manufactured your saw.

-- Eric

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#7 posted 08-01-2019 03:11 PM

Oh. Didn’t know that..thanks!

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#8 posted 08-01-2019 03:56 PM

SA-WEET ! Look forward to seeing this baby back in service. Sometimes, the older equipment is better than the new stuff.

-- OleGrump

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#9 posted 08-02-2019 02:10 PM


SA-WEET ! Look forward to seeing this baby back in service. Sometimes, the older equipment is better than the new stuff.

- OleGrump

Indeed! I decided to change the color to green. Looks better

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#10 posted 08-02-2019 02:24 PM


Indeed! I decided to change the color to green. Looks better

- Scootrkitz

I must be going color blind if this is GREEN :<(((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 08-02-2019 03:35 PM

No. Sorry. I painted it last night. That is what the rustoleum hammered brown looks..its nice but I like the green better on old tools. I’ll post later.

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#12 posted 08-04-2019 04:22 AM

Well, it is almost done. Just a few finishing touches and tweaks, have to finish polishing the top and have my wife sew up my dustboot, I installed a bigger jigsaw blade and it appears to work. Haven’t cut with it yet though. This saw is a beauty…does anyone know if theirs makes some noise from the gear box, it sounds normal but wanted to check..let’s just say it sounds like a sewing machine!


-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#13 posted 08-04-2019 11:16 AM

I really like the geen! You have dome a great job.

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#14 posted 08-04-2019 10:22 PM

Is anyone else using thicker jigsaw blades in theirs? I put one in and it cuts so smooth and like butter. It’s just a little louder. It is finally done!

-- Woodworking aficionado. Project manager in Kansas city

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#15 posted 08-05-2019 12:39 AM

You almost have given me an incentive to do my scroll saw that looks like that. It still has the original paint and motor that works. Great job on your on your saw!

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