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 owwm.com 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.
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