Dewalt RAS Restoration #2: Base Finished!

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Blog entry by milbert posted 04-11-2011 02:40 AM 1880 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planning my new saw! Part 2 of Dewalt RAS Restoration series Part 3: Motor and Motor Carriage »

I decided to tackle everything in sections because I have limited space and can’t have everything spread out all of the time. So the first thing I tackled was the base.

Everything was disassembled. Rust remover was used on the legs and base. After this a wire wheel cleaned everything up and I was back to bare metal. Everything was primed with Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer which prevents rusting, then painted with Rustoleum Smoke Grey.

Originally the plan was to replace all the bolts but I started to clean some up and they turned out to be in great shape. I only found a couple of bolts that had thread damage. Then let them sit in a zip lock coated in oil until I was ready for them.

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 02:47 AM

Ah. Working from the ground up, I see :-)

Very nice job on the base.

And … yeah … once the rust is gone … as long as the heads and threads are in good shape … no need to replace fasteners.

Thanks for the update ! Will still be following happily along….

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 04:08 AM

Rebuild it…. and they will come!

I (and many others) will be watching your restoration with great interest.

I have an old DeWalt RAS that needs TLC and restoration. Seeing other rehabs will hopefully provide the motivation I need to tackle this project. First, of course, I have to complete the setup of my basement shop.

BTW: Excellent work on the base of your saw! Keep it up.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 04:01 PM

That looks good!

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 05:30 AM

Man, I love the machine restoration blogs! Excitied to follow your progress.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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