Tool Rehab #1: 30 year old table saw / band saw cleaning

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 03-09-2013 11:06 AM 1650 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my dad decided to gift me with his almost 30 year old craftsman table saw and band saw. They arrived separated from their bases, so I thought it would be an excellent time to give them a cleaning. Not that they were bad by any means – just a bit of surface rust on the table saw wings and a lot of sawdust. The WD-40 and razor blade seems to be doing a decent job of getting the surface stuff (glue/paint blobs) off. I picked up some T-9 and paste wax yesterday at Woodcraft (and also found out they send out blades to be sharpened) so I just need to get the cleaning over. Here’s a few pics of what I started with:

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 09:42 PM

should be a popular blog, lots of these saws out there. I am sure you will make dad proud :) I recommend that you just start with new belts and blades after cleanup. You may be perfectly happy there.

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 09:38 PM

That’s the plan so far. I found out the dado blade is a wobble blade. I’m going to send it out for sharpening and see what it comes back as. Think it’s time to make an investment in a Freud blade (I was holding out for the birthday faerie since it’s less than a month away). I vaguely remembering dad saying he replaced the tires a few years back but I may take a look and do them again depending (since I forgot to ask him last night when I saw him!) First things first – getting them cleaned and reassembled!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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