OK, the build begins!
The project is to make a radial arm saw into a pneumatically driven dado maker.
I have a Delta Rockwell 900 RAS, vintage 1958. It needs some work. Thus far I have cleaned up and re-lubed the stops. The bigger problem is the elevating mechanism. The first problem was the elevator screw. It was bent - in three places. My brother straighten it to within .040 concentrically. I think that will work.
Here is the current problem: I cannot get the column out of the column support. It needs serious cleaning, polishing, and lubing to work well again. I have been soaking it in PB and whacking on it with the dead blow hammer. It will go so far and no further. There does not seem to a mechanical hang-up, either visually or in the manual.
Needless to say, replacement parts are out of the question. Any thoughts to get it out of the column support all together?
No pictures yet. All you would see is a pile of parts on the bench and its too darn cold out there to take a snapshot tonight.