Refurbish Powermatic Table Saw

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Project by bch posted 11-03-2011 04:16 AM 4330 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wrote a blog about buying this used table saw and disassembling it, removing rust, sealing to protect against rust, assembling, and tuning the saw. I’m sorry to post this as a project, but I know many of you will miss it if it’s not listed in Projects.

-- --bch

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#1 posted 11-03-2011 04:38 AM

Don’t be sorry for the post. You did a great job and should be proud. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 11-03-2011 04:38 AM

Okay, now that you’ve done a super job on your Powermatic, how about doing my Ridgit that needs the same thing done?! :D

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 11-03-2011 05:47 AM

Nice job on bringing the saw back to life.

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#4 posted 11-03-2011 10:13 AM

Nice work, the Gold Standard in woodworking!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 11:03 PM

nice work… i don’t totally see the reason behind the 4 credit cards. i’m assumming it’s either how many you max’d out to get that baby back up to speed or to show the fence out of allignment?

either way, nice work

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 11:11 PM

how many credit cards do you have??? BTW, nicely done on the restoration!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 06:43 AM

TurningHeads Why the credit cards? If you read closely you’ll see the reason in blog #5, but I’ll explain more directly, here: The side boards on either side of the fence on a beissemier-style fence, according to the instructions that came with my fence, are supposed to “float” at least 1/32” above the table. So when installing them you shim them up with 1/32” shims. I found that those fake credit cards that come in the mail (which I keep and use to spread on glue evenly over surfaces) are just barely over 1/32”, so they fit this application perfectly. “Real” credit cards are a bit thicker and don’t work for 1/32” shims.

Mike I have a two-inch stack of “fake” cards that come in the mail as advertisements, and real but expired credit cards lying around, but only one working card in my wallet. I use them to spread glue evenly since I don’t have a roller. They clean up with one wipe with paper towel so I have yet to throw one out.

-- --bch

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#8 posted 11-05-2011 02:29 PM

Bringing anything, cars, tools or a garden, back to life IS a project. Nice job. I am sure you will enjoy the use of the saw more than someone who simply purchases a new one. Besides you now know everything about the saw.

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 03:55 AM

That is a handsome table saw. Good job.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#10 posted 11-20-2011 06:05 PM

Great idea to use the fake/expired credit cards as a glue spreader. Don’t tell the bank, they might make this a new fee!


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#11 posted 11-21-2011 10:41 PM


I agree wholeheartedly—I now know my saw inside-and-out, literally. That knowledge gives me confidence in the tool.

Thanks for your comments.

-- --bch

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 03:38 AM

I just bought this saw on CL. the bearings just died. Thanks for posing this, i’m going to use your postings as a guide to fix mine and tune it up. Thanks!

-- Kevin Zierath, Learning new stuff everyday and loving it.

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