Ever sit an early morning coffee cup on the table top only to find a nasty surprise waiting for you the next day? Or how about finish spatter splashed onto the saw cabinet? How would you clean those? In this third segment of the Delta Unisaw Rebuild, Popular Woodworking Publisher, Steve Shanesy walks us through how to clean an old saw. This is information we all can use, unless you just purchased your table saw or it sits idle in your shop longing for work.
If this old Delta Unisaw was furniture (don’t strip that finish), Steve would have cleaned around 40 percent of the piece’s value as he freshened up the machine. But machines are not furniture. As a result, Steve actually increases the saw’s value by removing crud (I love that word!).
The cabinet, base, fence rails and top look so much better when he’s finished. You’ll want to jump back to previous installments to witness the improvements. Take a look for yourself in the video (click here).
It’s often said that cleanliness is next to Godliness. And with woodworking machines, I think that axiom holds double. Not only is a clean machine better looking, it operates and performs better as you work. And clean isn’t just on the outside. In this segment a new dust port is installed. You’re not going to discover 60-year-old sawdust in this machine in 2070.
I don’t think I’ll be restoring or rebuilding a 60-year-old Delta Unisaw in the near future, but I’ve learned tons of interesting information while recording and editing these segments with Steve. If you haven’t watched the previous two segments, you should.
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