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post #1 of 3 Old 08-23-2015, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Table saw built from a kit

I bought an old Gil Bilt table saw from a woodworking buddy for next to nothing. He got it from a relative that got it from the guy that built it and then hardly used it. Two of the three owners had never used it.

I remember seeing the kits advertised in the back of popular mechanics and other magazines when I was a kid

Gil Bilt also had kits for diy band saws, planers and more!

I did a little looking on the net and found them listed in St Loius

I think it was Gilliom Co

At any rate, whoever built it did a nice job and it looks like it was used only a few times.

I bought it planning on taking the motor and switch and blade to put on an old sears saw.

It has a oak table with an oak rip fence. The tilt uses a funky push rod with a typical lock down knob. It looks like it would be pretty easy to install a threaded rod to make a screw type system to tilt it

The base looks a lot like a cabinet saw, but it has the motor in the typical contractor saw location

It came with a decent freud rip blade and a leather linked belt in nice shape too.

I plugged it in and tried it out and it has plenty of ripping power and it cuts straight and true.

At this point I'm going to use it a bit as it really doesn't deserve to be broken down for parts.

One of my sons build tables as a hobby so finding a home for an under used saw is no problem

I'll bet I'm not the only one around here to buy a table saw on a whim

This is definitely one of my best wood working tool finds.

Anyone else care to share their great finds too ?
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-23-2015, 12:33 PM
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First band saw I used was one built by my brother-in-laws father to finish the inside of his sailboat, good memories.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex...x?id=369&tab=4

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First band saw I used was one built by my brother-in-laws father to finish the inside of his sailboat, good memories.

http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex...x?id=369&tab=4
Great link Thank You They sure made some cool stuff

Great memories. That would be a lot of fun to try a mostly wood band saw

I really enjoy the kit built and shop built tools

Wood workers really do have a long tradition of building tools. My favorites would have to include the antique shop built wood hand planes too
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