Table Saw Rebuild #1: My First Blog.

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Blog entry by Hersh posted 03-06-2011 09:35 PM 3581 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my very first blog. I should have started this the day I brought this saw home. I’ll try to explain what’s going on. My little 10” contractor saw burned the motor up. The little saw was not worth replacing the motor. If I replaced the motor, I would still have an under-powered small saw. I started shopping on the internet to see what I could get, value for the money. While checking out TS’s I thought I’d check some local on line classified listings. The first one I came across was: “ 10” table saw. $25.00.” I called to see if it had been sold. The guy said he still had it. On a whim, I asked where I could see it. Ends up he lives about 5 or 6 blocks from me. When I got there and started looking it over: my mind was saying “Run Away.” The table had a lot of rust on it. The wings were covered several different colors of paint and rust. When I asked to hear it run; he said the switch was not working but he could plug it in. It ran real strong. He unplugged it and I looked it all over. This poor saw has been abused and probably never been properly tuned up. Every thing below the table (tilting arbor, Trunnion, etc.) looked good. Needless to say I bought the saw. Interesting side note: I thought I had a $20 and a $10 bill in my billfold, but all I had was a $20. I told him I needed to run back to my place to get five more dollars. He said “don’t bother, just get it out of my way.” So I did.

As you can see from the picture above, I have done a lot of work on this saw. I must have 10 to 15 hours just on the table top alone. I’m very pleased with the final result. I have cleaned, lubricated and adjusted everything that’s under the table. The blade stop for the 90o return from an angle was missing. I replaced the stop and have adjusted it for a perfect 90o return. I used my digital angle finder, dial indicator and true squares to check and adjust. To check repeatability of the accurateness I run it to angles and back to 90o probably 20 times.

Here are some more pictures of it’s condition today.

The fence and rail system needs a lot of work. I’ve read some of the blogs here on LJ about upgrading to the delta T20-30 fence system. I’m thinking that may be a good way to go. Also I may do a table out feed on the rear and right side wing for a router table. I will blog more as things change.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 10:06 PM

Those are great old saws. $20 is stealing …

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

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 11:01 PM

Paid $150 for mine, but it ran well. Only had to clean the screws underneath. Somehow, oil and sawdust don’t work! Cleaned them out and used graphite. I don’t have the open legs, just the backside. Yours is easier to put a catch bin underneath.

I spent another $150 for a good Delta T3 fence – which made it a really good saw. I also bought cast pulleys to replace the cheap aluminum ones for about $12 from Whistler Bearing. I also swapped the fan belt for a link belt type @$25. That really made a big difference!

Nice job!

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

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 11:04 PM

That was my first shop power tool, over 30 years ago. You’re right, the fence was a bit troublesome. But other than that, it was a great saw. I miss mine, even though I have upgraded to a cabinet saw.

You made a great buy at $20 and an even more impressive restoration and tune-up. Select a good aftermarket fence and you will be very happy.

Well done! Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 11:15 PM

great start, the saw looks good.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 01:00 AM

Phenomenal work !!!!

How DID you get the table back from the dead ??

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 05:33 PM

To recondition the top, I kinda followed the article in recent ShopNotes mag. (ShopNotes, Vol. 20 Issue 115). I did use some rust remover. With out going to the shop, I can’t tell you the name of it. I follwed the directions on the bottle and it did turn the rust black and helped the sander (RO) and all the hand sanding to get the rust off. Then I cleaned it with mineral spirits to remove any and all residual. Then several coats of Automobil Turtule Wax. I think the Auto wax will help rust from forming. I’m note sure where I read that information. In the past I have used Johnsons Floor Wax, and have seen signs of rust forming. I’m going to get some ‘TopCote’ from Rockler for future protection and slick maintenance. I don’t know if TopCote can make it any slicker than it is now.

Thanks to everyone for looking.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#7 posted 07-08-2012 02:13 PM

@Hersh—What model Craftsman table saw do you have? I am rebuilding a 113.298240 now ( I would appreciate any advice you can offer. As an aside, I should probably convert the forum discussion to a blog.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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