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jordanp

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475 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: table saw ts tools reconditioning restoring craftsman series 100

Hey guys,

Craftsman Series 100 TS

Just wanted to get some of your thoughts on restoring/cleaning this old table saw surface.

I was told not to use wire brushes or sanding because it create shallow dips in the surface and it would not be dead flat any more.

the top is smooth it is just very discolored due to age.

I will try and post some pics tonight.

thanks in advance..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy


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Davynurse

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#1 posted 475 days ago

I just resurfaced my “New to me” Delta contractors saw last week, I bought some rust remover from the big box store applied it like the instructions said and it was a disaster. Now keep in mind I only had light surface rust but this stuff totally discolored the table top and I freaked so I broke out the ROS and 220 paper and some WD-40 and went to work, finished up with a light sanding at 400 then cleaned it with alcohol and coated it in paste wax and it looks brand new and still dead flat!, there are a lot of good products on the market to help but just be careful if you try a cleaning solution.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 475 days ago

Evapo-Rust works well.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 475 days ago

check out my TS re-hab blog you can see how I did it…

cast iron is not that hard….

hand sanding with a block seems to be an accepted technique… but be careful about using power tools

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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jordanp

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#4 posted 475 days ago

Thanks guys for all tips, I’m going to post some pictures tonight and work on it this weekend, I will follow up with some before, during and after pictures of the restoration.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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toolie

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#5 posted 474 days ago

i found this segment of a unisaw restoration series by FWW magazine to be very informative:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSJjN8jvdp4&feature=relmfu

i followed the videos instructions duiring a unisaw refurb and here’s the before and after:

before:

and here’s the after:

cheap, easy and effective. no evaporust or naval jelly.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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oldretiredjim

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#6 posted 474 days ago

I used Liquid Wrench and 220 grit wet sand paper. Spray, drink a beer, hand sand. Repeat. Use mineral spirits at the end of each day. Took me 3 days at 2 hours a day. I am very happy with mine and wrote up the process in a blog. i have a lot of bees wax and I use that on the surface periodically. It isn’t that hard to do and if it is just surface rust the chemicals pull it out of the pores in the cast iron without hurting the surface.

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jordanp

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#7 posted 474 days ago

Really nice resto there toolie. The extentions on my ts should be fun because they are not solid top so there are gaps kinda looks like a torsion box grid

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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jordanp

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#8 posted 474 days ago

Here is the ts in its current state..
Im going to look at those guides and see what i can do

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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toolie

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#9 posted 474 days ago

i have webbed CI wings on one of my TSs. i addressed those with a wire wheel. fast, easy and a bit messy (i.e., rust dust shot all about)

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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