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

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by bch posted 10-31-2011 05:12 AM 7983 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

3 comments so far

View PurpLev's profile


8536 posts in 3677 days

#1 posted 10-31-2011 05:16 AM


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.

View NormG's profile


6156 posts in 3032 days

#2 posted 10-31-2011 05:21 AM

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

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3702 days

#3 posted 11-01-2011 03:35 PM

Nice work!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics