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I thought the community might like a thread on restoring an old table saw, plus Iíd appreciate any feedback given.

The vast majority of the folks here (or anywhere else) would say that itís not worth the time invested, but I still decided to work on it. If only to resell it, or keep it around for anything not heavy duty, until it dies.

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The picture was taken after soaking the top with paint thinner, so it doesnít look as bad as it was when I brought it home. Fortunately, there arenít any rust pits, just a very heavy coat of gunk. So far, it took roughly an hour of wire cupping & wet/dry sanding with 800 down to 100, then reversed, to get to this point:



Iíll have to do something about the blemished spots. Thinking careful scraping with a razor should do it.


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I've sanded my Unisaw with a ROS sander and 220 grit to clean it up.

Did the saw have any extension wings? If not, I'd be on the lookout for some.

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I've sanded my Unisaw with a ROS sander and 220 grit to clean it up.

Did the saw have any extension wings? If not, I'd be on the lookout for some.


Yes, it came with steel extension wings. Took them off for cleanup, everything is coated with rust. Iím using a combination of ROS and a sanding block.


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Nice project. How are the innards? Rusty but cleanable? Will be fun to follow.

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Some of the older Craftsman saws were pretty good saws. The really old ones were very good saws at the time. Some of the fences could be improved on with an aftermarket but the older ones were good enough to get by. One thing you'll benefit greatly from is an outfeed table. The distance behind the blade is pretty short on those, similar to an old Rockwell I have for a backup. In fact that just might be a Rockwell.

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Nice project. How are the innards? Rusty but cleanable? Will be fun to follow.


Yep, rust-oíclock everywhere but surprisingly, I was able to start it. Itíll take a complete removal of the base and the top, plus the engine mount, to get to the rest of it. One thing at a time.


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Some of the older Craftsman saws were pretty good saws. The really old ones were very good saws at the time. Some of the fences could be improved on with an aftermarket but the older ones were good enough to get by. One thing you'll benefit greatly from is an outfeed table. The distance behind the blade is pretty short on those, similar to an old Rockwell I have for a backup. In fact that just might be a Rockwell.

Nah, itís a Flex drive Craftsman made circa 80ís. When the flex shaft goes, the saw will be a paper weight. Either I use it until it happens and then sell for parts/repurpose, or restore and straight up sell it. Seeing how it took me less than 24 hrs to sell the jobsite Delta I had, Iím not worried about my marketing strategy.



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I wouldn't have bought a flex drive saw....
But $50 is $50.

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Cleaned up most of the gunk, but there are still blotches that wonít come off. Not sure what it is, some kind of petrified goo. Definitely not wood glue. Am very apprehensive about going lower on the grit, since I had to sand the middle with 80 grit.


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Cast Iron can get stains on it. My Unisaw has some discolored areas. As long as it's smooth, don't worry about them.
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