Walker Turner restoration

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Blog series by MedicKen updated 06-16-2009 03:42 AM 6 parts 24007 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: WT table saw, cabinet clean up

02-17-2009 11:41 PM by MedicKen | 8 comments »

I recently acquired a Walker Turner TA1180B 10” table saw from my MIL. It was owned by her father who used it to build their home in the 1940’s. I have completely disassembled the saw and everything has come apart without much difficulty. There is some minor surface rust on the cabinet but should clean up well. I am taking the cabinet in and having it media blasted to remove the rust and paint. I will repaint it with the original color. Aside from 2 missing access panels the...

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Part 2: Slow going.....but will be worth it

03-17-2009 05:17 PM by MedicKen | 4 comments »

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...

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Part 3: Painting time

04-20-2009 07:55 PM by MedicKen | 0 comments »

Well its been really busy around here what with work, repairing a house for the MIL and mom doing a 3 day stint in the hospital I havent had much time to do anything in the shop. However, today i took some time for me and got the first coat of primer on the base of the saw and the trunnion assembly. I will let it dry, fill any imperfections with body filler, wet sand it and recoat. Hopefully things will be better over the next week and I can start reassembly. But there is always the chance th...

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Part 4: Finally some color

05-03-2009 08:13 PM by MedicKen | 5 comments »

I have finally found the time,money and paint for the saw restoration. After 2 coats of primer and wet sanding to 800 grit I put some color on the saw. It is a very close match to what I believe was the original Walker Turner color. I used Sherwin Williams Industrial Enamel thinned to about 10% and sprayed. I do have a few minor blemishes that I will take care of, but the majority of the painting is done. I painted the base, trunnion assembly, motor bracket, the underside of the cast iron top...

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Part 5: Arbor bearing troubles........solution found!!

05-08-2009 08:14 AM by MedicKen | 6 comments »

As part of the COMPLETE restoration of the nice Walker Tuner table saw I have been working on I ran into a little problem with the arbor bearings. I have completely disassembled the saw and have it painted and now its finally time to start putting it back together. I wanted to replace the old arbor bearings with new, sealed ones. The old bearings were open and had to be greased and I want to take that out of the equation. I measured the shaft and the arbor itself and asked a few questio...

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Part 6: Starting to go back together!!

06-16-2009 03:42 AM by MedicKen | 11 comments »

I have been slowly working on getting the saw back together. I have reassembled the arbor with the motor attached and have it back on the saw. I have to tell you that is one HEAVY part when its all back together. I am guessing its somewhere in the neighborhood of 150lbs!! The arbor assembly attaches to the top and not to the cabinet. I makes putting things back together a little more difficult. It will also make aligning the blade to the miter slot harder as well.

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