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Manufactured/Badged by:
Sears | Dunlap

True Manufacturer:
King-Seeley Corp.-Central Specialty Division, Ann Arbor, MI; Ypsilanti, MI
Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Jig or Scroll Saw
Machine Size: 18"
Submitted By: Bryan Varner
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: 103.0407
Date of Manufacturer: 1947
Serial Number:
Last Updated 8/2/2011 12:41:50 PM

I picked this up off a craigslist posting in Dec 2007, for a dirt-cheap price.
The saw was purchased by a cobbler (shoe maker) in Fishers Indiana in the late 40's. It was installed on a wooden support with the motor cantilevered off the back to keep tension on it. As far as I know, this saw was never used on wood. From the amount of leather dust that has collected on it, I think this is a fair assessment. The old bastid is in pretty rough shape. The building it was stored in was nearing a roof collapse from snow the day I picked it up. The grandson of the cobbler owned the property until this past year, and let it dilapidate in ways I can't begin to describe.

The saw came with the belt and an ancient 1/4hp Century motor. The old stand it was on was so rotten it barely held the saw up. I'm surprised it hadn't collapsed when the new property owner tried to move it. By the time I got there, it was mostly dust and toothpicks in the dumpster out front.

I rewired the motor (the original cord was in -bad- shape) and it spins like a top.

The restoration took a few weeks, mainly because I was busy. I've got a million other projects at the same time, had to take a business trip, etc. The original decals were pretty much gone, so I painted it white (all hail rustoleum) for this iteration of it's life. I saved the original name plate, and I'll be placing it back on with the original rivets, which I've managed to save and clean up!

This was my first restoration. Initially I scoffed at the people who said this would take weeks. I know better now. Real life never fails to disappoint, and it ended up taking about a month from the time I started. I was careful to take lots of pictures, and was very glad I did.

If there was one thing I learned from this restoration, it's this. Electrolysis rust removal is your friend! Find someone with an old computer they want to junk, rip out the power supply, and setup a rig for de-rust-ifying your parts. It'll save you a ton of time, effort, and give far better results than any amount of scraping, sanding, cleaning, etc.

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Comments: The old bastid as I got it.
Source: My own darn camera.
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Photo 2:

Comments: The table & some leather dust on the upper guide.
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Photo 3:

Comments: The finished restoration.
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