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Refurbish Powermatic Table Saw #3: Disassembly and Cleaning of the Mechanics

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Blog entry by bch posted 1001 days ago 5229 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Strip and Remove Rust from the Table Top Part 3 of Refurbish Powermatic Table Saw series Part 4: Reassemble, Align Blade (PALS), Clean-Up Insert and Guard »

Okay! Let’s really take this thing apart! I took many, many photos of this disassembly process, which I won’t bore you with in this blog, to assure I could reassemble the saw properly. I have only included enough photos to help you follow me with my progress as I clean the saw.

Before I disassembled the saw, I realized I hadn’t dealt with the edges of the saw table, yet.

Before shot:

After about three quick sandings with penetrating oil and the same wet/dry sandpaper:

How it looks after I remove it from its stand and flip it up-side-down on my bench:

Helpers arrive!

After cleaning:

The body is removed. The funny thing is after cleaning it thoroughly during the previous step, I thought it was clean, but as I continued to disassemble, you can see how much sawdust continued to fall out. I cleaned the saw in stages continuously as I disassembled it.

The arbor is separated…

..and cleaned/de-rusted:

I could have further disassembled the saw, but I was at my comfort level at this point; I was not confident that I would be able to re-assemble it properly, or convinced that further disassembly would reap sufficient rewards to warrant further disassembly. I found a product that seemed appropriate for the underside of the top, which would be impossible to sand as I did the top, and applied over several evenings. It’s a little smelly, not so bad as the rust-remover products, and doesn’t evaporate as I expected; most days I had to mop up the remainder and re-apply). I have no idea if this was useful. I hope this will keep the underside from rusting from the annual moisture in my basement shop. I used it until the can was gone, and in accordance with the instructions.

Please continue reading this blog in Part 4

—bch

-- --bch



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1001 days ago

impressive!

I dont think I would work to this level of degree cleaning it up, but I probably would have. it’ll all pay for itself soon enough.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 1001 days ago

Who knew there were so many parts to a TS. Looks like you have sufficient assistance

-- Norman

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 999 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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