1940s Large Bandsaw [DiRestoration]by Hand Tool Rescue   1 year ago


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In this video Jimmy DiResta invited me to his workshop to help rescue this 1945 Delta Milwaukee 14" Bandsaw. We decided to not do a typical restoration, but go with a raw steel and brass look for all parts. We both really liked how this turned out and hopefully I can do more things like this every once in a while.

The exposed parts of the bandsaw were fairly rusty, but the internals were in surprisingly good shape. Luckily not all of the bearings needed replacing as I only brought a few new bearings and finding new ones in the short time I was there, was not possible.

I focused on disassembly, cleaning, removing paint and rust, and reassembling the bandsaw. Jimmy focused on remaking the knobs in solid brass, making the blade guard out of oak, welding the new pulleys, making the motor mount, and hooking up the power switch.

Brett McAfee focused on "brassing" certain steel parts on the saw so it would look even better. You can see his process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzCXPzENPVs

We all had a lot of fun and I hope to do this again one day. Thank you for inviting me Jimmy!

Jimmy DiResta: https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydiresta

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