Got some pieces of the table saw cleaned up

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Blog entry by jlabos posted 05-16-2014 02:54 AM 1803 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here are the wings all cleaned up. I worked with 100, 220, 500, 1000, and then 1200 grit sand paper. I wet sanded the gray painted area and it cleaned up well so I don’t think I will be painting them. I think that they will shine with some wax. There was one small area that I hand to sand down to the metal because there was some sticky gunk stuck to it.

The insert had some deep scratches in it so I sanded it down and painted it.

The blade guard cleaned up real nice.

I started on the cast iron top with some 100 and 220 grit sand paper and I think that it will clean up nicely. It’s looking good so far. There is only one small spot with pitting the size of a quarter but I think I can sand it down.

I picked up some Johnson wax which I will use on the cast iron top and wings. Underneath I plan on spraying with some Blaster white lithium grease. Since the belt sat in one spot for so long I will replace it. I’m going to pick up a Accu-Link belt with a Harbor Freight coupon for 19.99. The same belt is on Amazon for 47.18. You can’t beat that. The rails and fence will get wet sanded and I will post the progress. The goal is to one day replace the fence so I will be keeping an eye on craigslist but right now with a 22 month old and a wife that is 5 months pregnant I need to stretch the dollar. If I can make the fence work I will use it. I’m anxious to start building and there are a couple more main tools I would like in the shop so I can get going. I was lucky enough that the house came with a usable work bench and assembly table. The work bench might need some help but I’d say I’m off to a good start. I have the bones of a work shop and a nice size room in the basement to set it up in.

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 03:03 AM

Great looking saw, congrats

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

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 11:57 AM

Lookin great. I’d recommend some dry lub for the internal parts/underside to prevent saw dust from sticking to it and gunking up the works.

Good call on the harbor freight belt, I did the same and have really liked the belt overall. You’re right, you can’t beat the price.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 01:57 PM

I’m trying to decide between using Blaster white lithium grease or Blaster Teflon for underneath in the trunnion gears.

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#4 posted 05-16-2014 02:03 PM

I’ve used both, go with the teflon.
Give a nice heavy spray and let it dry without touching it, or moving it.

After it’s dry move the trunion to where you could not get spray and spray again that localized area.

I would not spray the bottom of your table with white lube. Just clean it and leave it.
There’s no point in doing that.

A it still attracts he fine dust.
B you can paint it and be better protected if you really feel the need. just tape over the screw holes.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 05-16-2014 02:22 PM

I plan on just cleaning the bottom of the cast iron. It wasn’t too bad. I only want to spray the trunnion gears to get them to move more freely. They are a little rough and squeaky right now.

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 01:33 PM

I am working on the same TS. After cleaning the underside with a wire bush attached to a drill, I painted it with Rust-oleum Rusty Metal Primer and matching oil based dark gray top coat. I have cleaned all of the working parts and plan on using Boeshield T-9 on gears and top. I got the T-9 and Rust-Free from Sears for $22.49, free ship with in store pick-up. Currently Kmart is giving a free $30 gift card with any new prescription transfer. Go to and click on Pharmacy.

-- If I ever turn up missing, check the garage.

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