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Forum topic by teenagewoodworker posted 06-20-2008 12:30 AM 2987 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2008 12:30 AM

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my table saw surface is way off so i am thinking of getting it ground flat by one of my machinist buddies. while it is at his shop i am planning on cleaning out all the table saw mechanisms.

here are my questions

1. should i clean off these mechanisms

2. if i should what would be the best way

3. when lubricating it would it be better to use a dry lubricant or a wet one like WD-40. i know that that wets stuff attracts sawdust like crazy so thats why i thought to use a dry lubricant unless there is some problem with that.

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#1 posted 06-20-2008 12:35 AM


Yes, while the table top is off, clean everything you can. I would use compressed air (and safety glasses) to blow out as much dirt as possible. Then use an old paint brush and old tooth brush to get any dirt that remains. As for lubricant, a dry graphite lube would probably be best on the gears and shafts. The bearings should be permanently lubed so you shouldn’t need to worry about them. Take care lubricating around any locking mechanisms as they often use friction to hold things tight.


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#2 posted 06-20-2008 12:44 AM

sounds good

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#3 posted 06-20-2008 01:42 AM

Dennis there are some earlier blogs on protecting your tablesaw surface. I use a machine wax designed for metal tables but I think some use car polish which is said to be as good.

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#4 posted 06-20-2008 01:42 AM


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#5 posted 06-20-2008 02:09 AM

I remember reading or hearing somewhere …maybe the WoodWhisperer’s podcast, that some car polishes have silicon in them which can transfer to your wood…so be carreful not to use a silicon containing car polish. I use floor wax that I purchased at our local Co-op, no silicon in it as far as I know.

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#6 posted 06-20-2008 01:08 PM

ya i wouldn’t use anything with silicone. I’m talking about the insides, not the table top

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#7 posted 06-20-2008 03:20 PM

I think the Wood Whisperer uses Boeshield T9 once the surface has been cleaned and then uses paste wax over that.

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#8 posted 06-20-2008 03:43 PM

got that part down, I’m talking about the insides. like the trunnion assembly because my cast iron top will be away being flattened for a couple of days.

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#9 posted 06-20-2008 08:32 PM

I use Boshield T9 on the gears and sliding mechanisms on my table saw and it works superbly. I give the gears a squirt and then clean with either a toothbrush or a brass brush, making sure to turn the gear and get into all of the valleys between the teeth. After it is cleaned thoroughly, I give it another squire and work the mechanism to ensure the lubricant is thoroughly spread then let it sit of 15-20 minutes. The Boshield dries and provides protection as well as lubrication. Sliding friction is almost nil with this stuff. (It also works good on squeaky car doors and many other things). You can order it online or get it at Sears.


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#10 posted 06-20-2008 08:35 PM

cool. i didn’t know that you could use it on the inside. i think i’ll check it out.

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#11 posted 06-23-2008 04:42 PM

woodwisperer TS setup vid mentions this some

He also mentions some of the upkeep here:

Fine Woodworking has video and articles on what to lube and more importantly the types of lube to use. I signed up for their online service, it has a bunch of info/articles/videos for about $15/yr.

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#12 posted 06-25-2008 04:47 AM

I presume from your comments that you have a cabinet table saw. I just modified my cabinet base to make it more efficient for sawdust removal. I was wishing I had a reason to remove the top to make these modifiations easier to install.
So unless your saw has good sawdust removal already, you might want to think about doing something like this while the top is off.
Installing a mobile base would be a lot easier with the top off as well.


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