I had the good fortune of being offered a table saw by my father in law. I was and still am very grateful for the gift. I love my saw. He told me it had been in the outside garage and was in rough shape- but the motor was still good. It only needed a belt. He said it was really heavy- so my brother in law and I headed out to his place in the country to pick it up one Saturday a few weeks ago. I thought it may need some small cleaning up. I had not expected a reconditioning project. But, I did decide it was time to stretch my comfort zone and tackle a complete restoration. I broke the project into multiple posts due to how many pictures we had. I wanted the pages to load better for people on their mobile device.
Here are my before pictures:
What you see on the top of the table is a coating of rust. The steel plate used for the table top must have picked up some moisture from being in an open garage. I also found some pretty deep scratches and a few really good sized wasp nests. Again- this was in an outside, open air garage for years.
After further investigation this was a Delta Contractor Table Saw. It is a Model 36-650 T2. I found the instruction manual online. It has a 1.5 Hp motor and a 10 inch blade. I know very little a bout saws and even less about how to value them. Based on the little bit of information I could find, the saw looks like it was worth at least a few hundred dollars on the re-seller’s market and probably cost over $1000 dollars new. I figured if I put a couple of hundred into it- it was worth the effort.
I first plugged in the motor and switch to ensure they ran. Once I determined that the motor worked, I tested to ensure the blade would spin and the adjustment wheels worked as expected. I was missing the belt, motor cover plate, plate cover and plastic cover arm assembly. I thought I could find these replacement parts fairly easily (WRONG), so I started to disassemble the entire cabinet down to the last rusted bolt and screw, starting with the motor.
Here are my tear down pictures:
After tearing down the entire saw- I soaked the bolts and hardware in white vinegar overnight. This removed almost all the rust. I had to immediately spray paint them as the oxidation from exposure to air began to re-rust the parts in just a few minutes of being removed from the vinegar.
I also used an angle grinder on the metal portions of the table to remove all the rust. I purchased a brush for the grinder. Once complete- I used metal polishing wads that I purchased at Auto Zone to remove extra grit and dirt as well as wishing with WD-40.
Check out my prep work on the next part of my post:
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.