I just bought a Rockwell Model 10 Contractor table saw and am
currently getting it ready to use. I want to tear it down and clean
it, paint the CI and rewire it for 110v. One question I have is about
the shafts inside. How do I clean and polish these up? WD40 & elbow
grease? How do I keep them from corroding again? There is a light
layer of rust on them now. Also, what parts do I need to grease (what
kind) in the saw cabinet?
I also want to add a better switch on the front. I saw one at Grizzly
for about $12-13. I don't have the money right now to buy a nice mag
motor starter switch. Eventually, I will find a good unisaw to restore
and I'll add a mag switch to that when the time comes.
One idea I have for the table top is to use gun bluing to blue the
top. I got that from a local millshop worker.
You might do better at Old Wood Working Machinery.org owwm.org. They
might have some items posted on basic restoration steps, the forum is
a wealth of info that can be searched and the same question you posted
here will get expert advice real fast; there are lots of people on
Wire brush (I like a pneumatic die-grinder with 2" wheel, personally)
will take off anything loose, a bit of twine and some mild abrasive
(metal polish) will also help. If you can take it
apart, a bench grinder with wire wheel is good.
I like to heat the metal bits and rub down with a parafin-soaked
rag, but paste wax is also good for keeping rust at bay. If it
can't be disassembled, just rub with a bit of boiled linseed oil.
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