Walker Turner restoration #2: Slow going.....but will be worth it

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Blog entry by MedicKen posted 03-17-2009 05:17 PM 2105 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: WT table saw, cabinet clean up Part 2 of Walker Turner restoration series Part 3: Painting time »

I have been slowly working on restoring the Walker Turner table saw. So far I have completely disassembled the saw and removed most of the rust from the smaller pieces. I originally thought it was only surface rust, but after getting into the saw it was more than I thought. Over all the saw is in good condition given its age. After doing some research and talking to the guys at I have determined the saw was built in 1944 or ‘45.
I have been using electrolysis to remove the rust. It is a slow process but does a really nice job. For those not familiar with the process it involves mixing a solution of washing soda and water. After mixing the piece to be cleaned is submerged in the solution and then applying a low voltage charge to the piece. Along with the piece to be cleaned a sacrificial anode must also be place into the solution. I have been using a 12 volt battery charged set to 10amps. The pieces have set in the tank for up to 48 hrs and have come out with rust and paint falling off. This was my first attempt and am very happy with the results.

Here is a pic of the base before cleaning

After 48 hours in the tank

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 05:47 PM

NICE! are you planning on repainting it? or just leaving it as is?

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 09:00 PM

I am going to repaint to original WT colors

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 10:54 PM

Looking great. My Fay-Egan saw was in pretty good shape.

I just plugged it in and have been using it since.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 09:16 PM

just curious, but what did you use as a dip tank? I’m hoping to do something similar with a jointer bed. I’m not going to be able to buy a 55 gallon drum for this, so I was wondering what you might have used (in hopes that it is something I might be able to get).

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