|Forum topic by BPrisock||posted 07-02-2016 12:19 PM||970 views||0 times favorited||25 replies|
07-02-2016 12:19 PM
It’s been a week or two since I posted my plea for help in choosing a table saw off of CraigsList. I know I came back and let you know I pulled the trigger on what I’ve decided is a great Craftsman Contractor saw. I think it came from the late 80’s but I’m not quite sure. Here’s the plate:
(for the record, the previous owner said he didn’t clean this thing off… anything painted was in pristine condition)
Anyway, the reason I’m posting this is just to document my process of restoring the cast iron top to a nice, smooth, workable condition. There’s a bit of rust and discoloration on the top and I’m going to do my best to get it back into working order. The greatest amount of rust is actually in the left miter channel.
I haven’t decided what to use quite yet to get the rust off. I’ve been reading far too much about everything people use… from vinegar to specialty rust removers to WD-40 and a scotch-brite pad. Well, I have pretty much all three at my disposal. I bought some 800 wet/dry sandpaper, a bundle of scotch-brite pads and even a very small wire cup brush to put on my dremel for some lower speed removal of rust in the miter channel. Otherwise, I’m planning on using elbow grease to get this off. I don’t have any Boeshield T-9 yet but that will be here next week. In the meantime, I bought some Johnson’s Paste Wax and was going to use that. I live in a pretty dry place (outside of Spokane, WA) so I probably won’t have to mess with rust very often (I hope!). I’ll post some pics here in bit of the before condition of the saw.
After that… I’ll swap out the blade with the new Diablo 40T and then get things squared up.
The next part will be figuring out what to do with the stand/legs/casters this saw sits upon. The current caster system leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. They don’t roll really at all. They seem to be pretty undersized for the weight of the saw and extensions and it makes the legs twist whenever I move it at all. I’m REALLY considering building a 2×4 and 3/4” plywood base with locking casters. Nothing fancy but something that is extremely sturdy and actually movable.
We’ll get there! Enough out of me for now. Any tips or pointers you guys can see with what I’m doing (or not doing) please feel free to chime in. You were instrumental in helping me get the saw and I appreciate you taking the time to write.