Introduction: Vintage Table Saw Refinishing
I was given this saw a few weeks ago and although it was in pretty rough shape I couldn't pass up on vintage saw like this. They just don't make them like this anymore. If you're wondering it is a Rockwell/Beaver and I estimate it to be from around the late 70's early 80's.
Step 1: Removing the Rust
This first step I took was to remove the rust that had accumulated on the cast iron top. I was quite fortunate that it turned out to be mostly surface rust with only a few deep scratches and minimal pitting.
I started by scraping the bulk with a razor blade then switched to dry sanding with the random orbit sander. This is quite messy and I suggest using a shop vac and wearing a dust mask.
From there the finish sanding can be done with a light oil, I used WD-40. I moved through the grits hand sanding from 220 to a fine 1200.
Step 2: Disassembly
I disassembled the entire saw, try to keep straight which parts went where.
Step 3: Painting Parts
Since I had everything apart I took the time to put a coat of rust paint on all the cast parts. Although I don't have any pictures of the process. It's really as simple as it sounds.
Step 4: Painting the Cabinet and Base
I painted the entire cabinet and the base, first cleaning out any saw dust that was left. I took the time to add my logo as well.
Step 5: Fence System
The next step was to make sure the fence looked as good as the cabinet. I took it apart and proceeded the same way as with the other pieces. Cleaning, painting and putting it back together, this proved to be beneficial because I was able to gain a better understanding of the cam lock operation of the fence.
Step 6: New Arbor Bearings
Once the saw was in pieces it was quite clear that the bearings in the arbor ( the section that blade is attached to) needed to be replaced. Although usually a relatively simple operation, The parts had rust and were seized quite badly and had to be "pressed" apart with an arbor press. Once back together it is free of noise and runs very smoothly in the bearings.
Step 7: Finishing Up
With everything having a good coat of paint on it, it was time to start putting it back together. This was a lot of fun. And although my memory isn't always that great it went fairly smoothly with no "extra pieces" :P
Step 8: Additional Up Grades
In the future I plan on rewiring the 2hp motor with a 20A plug rather than the 15A. As well as installing a paddle style switch for safety and to be in a more comfortable spot for the operator. The other big up grade would be to add a T style fence system for accuracy. Like the ones offered by supercooltool.com.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll try to answer them.
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