My Craftsman Table Saw

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Task List

Stop loss on cast iron top and wings

  • disassemble
  • clean and protect cast iron
  • move into garage

Rough stand with wheels

(Amazon) Steelex D2610 4-Inch 275-Pound Swivel Double Lock Polyurethane Plate Caster

Rockler - 4” Heavy-Duty Polyurethane Casters-Optional Sizes

Lee Valley - $14.10 - Swivel Caster w/Brake, 3” x 4” (100kg)

Lee Valley Heavy-Duty Polyurethane Casters

Add to cart ### New link belt and combination blade

Rust maintenance for cast iron

Latest thoughts

This might be over kill, but an attempt at a to do punch list.

Top and bottom. Dry wipe with steel wool and cloth first.

Top and bottom. Dry wipe with steel wool and cloth and mineral spirits or Simple Green Pro HD

Top and bottom. Scrub with Naval Jelly and Scotch Brite pads.

Top and bottom. Thorough rinse, wipe and dry after naval jelly.

Top and bottom. Immediate scrub with lubricant/solvent such as wd40 and scotch brite

Top. Abrasion with Boeshield Rust Free.

Top. Boeshield T-9

Top. Paste wax.

Bottom. Spray paint with white amteco zerorust or rustoleum or Krylon rust tough.

wings. Adapt procedure.

wings. Boeshield T-9

wings. Paste wax.

Keep cast iron covered with moving blanket. Consider an HTC tool saver machine cover tarp.

LumberJocks Post

knotscott - I’ve rehabbed a few old Emerson made Cman saws. For average surface rust/patina of an older saw I just go at it with mineral spirits or WD40 and 180 grit sandpaper on my ROS, followed by finer grit, Boeshield T-9, then paste wax. For heavier rust I use start with some form of priopionic acid (Boeshield, Krud Kutter, etc.). Scotchbrite pad works well for a newer saws with minor spots.

video John Heisz - Rebuilt Table Saw

Make some sawdust!

Previous notes

My survey says use this post by Marc J. Spagnuolo as a guide. From Rush’s get 220 and 2 grits of wet/dry abrasive papaer and a tube of graphite. From Harbor Freight get a Random Orbital palm sander. From Home Depot get an aluminum sanding block and PB blaster and/or wd40.

  • steel wool
  • ROS sander
  • sanding block

page - Looks Like I’m Rusty!

The first step in fixing it is abrasion. I like to use naptha, mineral spirits, or WD-40 as a lubricant and either steel wool or 1000/2000 grit sandpaper as the abrasive. A couple minutes of light sanding and the rust comes right up. I then wipe away the rust/metal sludge and apply a light coat of Renaissance Wax. I still don’t have all of my stuff over to the new shop yet so I didn’t do my usual protective mix, which is T9 Boeshield followed by the wax.

  • Steel wool
  • wet/dry abrasive paper
  • scotch brite pad
  • sanding block
  • Boeshield Rust Free
  • Boeshield T-9
  • Paste wax (mothers carauba or johnsons)
  • Random Orbital sander
  • Bostik GlideCote (not now, more expensive than paste wax)

Clean and condition saw top and both wings.

youtube Ronald Walters - Cleaning Cast Iron Machine Table Tops

Lumberjocks thread Tips on protecting my table saw from rust


NelsonStudios - Table Saw Rebuild: Clean, Paint & Lube


A Concord Carpenter - How To Remove Rust From Woodworking Machines

youtube Reaganite71 - Resurfacing A Rusty Saw Table To Like New Condition

youtube Brad Clark - How to Resurface a Very Rusty Tablesaw

youtube WoodWorkers Guild Of America - Cleaning a Rusty Table

youtube herkojh Saw Maintenance


Make sure to get the right size.

amazon HTC TS-9036 Tool Saver Machine Cover Small 27-Inch x 36-Inch

Consider zerust

New Belt

Harbor Freight green link belt

New Blade

  • $51 Freud LU83R010 10-Inch 50 Tooth ATB Thin Kerf Combination
  • $84 Freud SD206 6-Inch Dado

Zero Clearance Insert

  • For Freud LU83R010 10-Inch 50 Tooth ATB Thin Kerf Combination

Disassembly, clean up, lubrication

Graphite Wax

See NelsonStudios video series

Crosscut Sled

Miter Sled

Zero insert

Drill buffing pads

youtube Chemical Guys - Choosing The Correct Polishing Pad

Roll of Honor - Other owners

Tedstor at lumberjocks Craftsman TS Upgrade #3: Fence and Zero Clearance Insert Installed

RibsBrisket4me at lumberjocks

RV scissor jack for height adjustment $36 - Leveling Scissor Jack - 24” Lift - 5,000 lbs

Harbor Freight $40. .5 ton Scissor Jack

lumberjocks forum cast iron rust prevention advise needed