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Friday, November 27, 2009

First Post and some of my projects.

Since I always enjoy sharing things from our life and my various projects, I have decided to start documenting these things in a blog. I am currently working on refurbishing a DeWalt model GR radial arm saw. I found this saw on Craigslist and went to have a look as it was identified as a model GP in the ad. A model GP is an older 12 inch saw that is a very nice size for a home shop. Heavy duty iron castings and plenty of power for most projects. Once I had a chance to look the saw over I discovered it to actually be a Model GR; a much larger industrial machine, with a 14 inch blade capacity and 3 phase, 3HP motor. I was not sure of the actual age of this machine, but it was clearly from the 1940's or early '50's at the latest. A deal was struck and I was the new owner for $225.00. One thing I would like to do is begin documenting the actual cost of my little projects and see just how deep in the hole I have to go to resurect some old iron. Disassembly revealed a broken miter index on the column and a poor fitting replacement elevation handle. A quick search of some of my favorite old woodworking machine sites secured an elevation handle $25.00 and column $100.00. Totals so far are $350.00. I spent most of yesterday welding closed all the extra holes in the saw frame that have been drilled over the years. Here are some pictures for your enjoyement.

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Midlands of South Carolina, United States
Husband, Father, Quality Engineer, Electronics Professional, and tinkerer. Facinated by old technology and well made old tools. Old iron is good.