Table Saw Renovation

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Blog entry by DenverDave posted 08-10-2010 06:22 PM 2106 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the process of building a woodworking shop. I picked up a few tools for some minor jobs and decided to make it a hobby, but with the recession, money is tight, so Craigslist is my number one shopping venue.

Here is the table saw I picked up and am in the process of restoring.

It came from a high school wood shop. It was a little too ugly and rusty to use, so I cleaned it up and painted it. This is what it looks like now:

It still needs a bit of work. The height adjustment sticks when lowering the blade, but after aligning everything, it cuts square. There’s a knob for fine adjustment of the rip fence, but I don’t have the part that rides on the rails. Also, I moved the switch to the center right of the front, but it’s a little hard to get at. I need to put a block behind it or something.

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 06:46 PM

Nice looking old saw and a good restoration. What brand is it?

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 06:55 PM

It’s a Walker Turner made in the early 1950s.

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 08:29 PM

This is a very nice find DenverDave, Walker Turner were extremely well made TS. A little TLC and you’ll never regret finding this beauty of TS. Also if I were you I get that first pic frame it a classic with the sign “clean after each uses” I like to have that one in my own shop…LMAO thanks for sharing this gem or a restoration project…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 08:30 PM

I just set this pic as my desk top wallpaper…LOL

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 11:16 PM

Nice saw. I love to restore old machines. Good luck with your shop.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 01:10 AM

Good Find.
This saw will work very well for you.
I am so glad other people take the time to restore old tools.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 05:18 AM

nice save there… great job

-- Ken, Tallahassee,FL

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 05:51 AM

My adjustments stuck too. I discovered the prior owner oiled the screws…

Oil and sawdust don’t mix. I cleaned them off and used graphite….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 04:10 PM

Thanks for all the comments. :)

[Oil and sawdust don’t mix. I cleaned them off and used graphite….]

One of these days, when I get some free time, I’m going to take it apart and clean everything and lube it with some graphite.

[I just set this pic as my desk top wallpaper]

I certainly does bring back memories of the high school woodworking shop when I was a kid. :)

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#10 posted 02-27-2012 04:55 PM

That saw is great! Look at how beefy it is; that looks like a real saw rather than my toy Ryobi.That saw was a great find. I wouldn’t do too much brushing on it though, I’d have it blasted by a knowledgeable person. Beads or light sand. Wire wheels dig in sometimes. [my roommate/friend/landlord is a fabricator welder]
The hand wheels themselves represent real machinery.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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