Restoring Vintage Machinery
Bandsaw's lessons can be applied throughout the shop
Synopsis: If you’re thinking of restoring an old machine, it’s important to realize that many old machines are just a lot of cast iron with potential. The important question to ask before diving in, says Robert M. Vaughan, is whether the restored machine will be worth your trouble. Vaughan discusses the general procedures common to restoring any old woodworking machine. He starts by talking about how to move the machine (bring plenty of baggies for nuts and bolts), and covers inspection, cleaning, rust removal, machinery repairs, painting, electrical repairs, and how much it cost him overall to repair a bandsaw. Side information discusses building a machinery stand and the specific procedures Vaughan used to restore a Walker-Turner bandsaw.
What a bargain—a 16-in. WalkerTurner bandsaw for $80. All it needed was new tires, guides, motor, electricals, guards, stand, complete disassembly, cleaning and rust removal, one casting weld, repainting, reassembly…