My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing #2: Working the table top cast iron

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 01-18-2016 06:48 AM 1105 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Tear Down Part 2 of My 1997 Delta Unisaw 36-815 Refurbishing series Part 3: Finishing Miter Slot clean up and looking at fence system »

What I found that works for me: ROS & 3M pad for rough work. I swap to 320 then 600 wet/dry sandpaper for hand sanding with WD40 as lubrication. I will use denatured alcohol to clean off the top then wax later as I still have the miter slots to work on next time. I was smart :) Cut a 55 plastic gallon trash bag in 1/2 and laid ontop of my new work table.
As it arrives in my garage:

First general pass with my ROS & pad:

After ROS & pad:

After razor blade use to remove mortar or maybe masonry gloop that was hard as a rock:

Ready to start hand sanding:

99% completion of top. Swirl marks and a couple deep scratches exist which will probably remain. Miter slots to do next:

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 02:07 PM

This is an amazing re-birth coming along here Holbs. Lookin like new

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 02:35 PM

Starting to look like a new saw. Looking forward to follow the process!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 02:59 PM

It is going to be amazing. Good job so far, I think I am going to be jealous of that saw.

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 01:13 AM

That is probably a finer finish than it came with new! Carry on….....

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 01:29 AM

Lookin good. I’d try not to widen the miter slots.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 02:12 AM

Wow, You found a beauty under all that mess. That makes all the difference in the world.

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