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Blog series by bch updated 11-08-2011 05:14 AM 6 parts 31566 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Purchasing A Used Table Saw and Accessing Its Condition

10-31-2011 02:58 AM by bch | 1 comment »

Before I begin let me clarify that calling this a “refurbish” is a bit of a stretch. I disassembled, removed some rust, sealed to prevent rust, reassembled, and then tuned the saw. Also, I am no expert and am figuring this out as I go. If you see me doing something poorly and have suggestions, please do help me and your fellow jocks by posting your comments. I recently purchased a Powermatic 64A Contractors table saw used on Craigslist. The manual that came with it is copyr...

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Part 2: Strip and Remove Rust from the Table Top

10-31-2011 03:42 AM by bch | 3 comments »

First I used a citrus stripper to remove the finish dried to the table. I am very pleased with the results and the product: If I recall correctly it took two rounds of stripping: With the finish removed, on to removing rust from the table top! I used a new product for rust removal this time, as shown in the photograph. I followed the directions, rather than my own common sense, which I regret. The product worked fine, but the instructions were to apply, wait ...

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Part 3: Disassembly and Cleaning of the Mechanics

10-31-2011 05:12 AM by bch | 3 comments »

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 sa...

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Part 4: Reassemble, Align Blade (PALS), Clean-Up Insert and Guard

11-02-2011 06:17 AM by bch | 4 comments »

Here you can see the end result of cleaning the underside of the table. The minor rust seems to be converted and sealed as the product claimed. At this point I reassembled the saw. I didn’t include any pictures here as they are redundant given the previous photos and not likely relevant to your saw. During assembly, I followed the instructions in the manual for aligning the saw. The instructions for aligning the blade could be summarized as follows (this is my condensed vers...

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Part 5: Finishing Up: Repairing the Fence and A New Push Stick

11-03-2011 03:36 AM by bch | 6 comments »

The fence, having been stored outside in a shed for two years, had dried out and the two side boards had shrunk enough that both boards had fallen off while transporting it home. The bumper rail was also separating from the ends and would not stay down with just a press-fit as intended. I chose to glue the ends of the bumper down with CA glue, only at the ends where it was separating: After the glue dried I enlisted my assistant to dismantle the lever for cleaning, rust removal, ...

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Part 6: Table Saw Blade and Fence Alignment with Shop-Built Jig

11-08-2011 05:14 AM by bch | 3 comments »

Adjusting the Saw Blade Alignment, Again—This Time With A JigAs posted in the blog I aligned the table saw blade to the miter slot by clamping my dial indicator to my miter gauge. I knew this wouldn’t be perfect, but thought it would be good enough. However, after finishing the saw, doubts lingered. I had paid for In-Line Industries PALS after all—why not have it aligned perfectly? Last night after work I shamelessly copied ajosephg's shop-made jig on this post. ajosephg...

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