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Saw Blade Maintenance

Most of my blogs cover the hand tool aspects of my woodworking. like many of you I do use power tools when it makes sense. Today I wanted to quickly dimension several piece of lumber so the table saw came out. IMG_1085After the first cut I realized I had to make some changes, burn marks marked the freshly sawn edge and I could hear the saw struggle with what should have been an easy cut. Removing the blade, build up was obvious on each tooth.


Grabbing a pair of gloves, oven cleaner and a grocery bag. I sprayed each tooth, placed the blade in a bag, tied the bag shut and let it sit for an hour. Not sure where I picked up this method of cleaning a blade but it works well and is quick.

While waiting for the magic to happen I cleaned the surface of the saw and waxed it. then decided to check the alignment of the fence.I have done this periodically and every time I find that the alignment has strayed so it was with little surprise that I had to spend a few minutes making adjustments to the fence.



The saw is a Delta contractors saw made in the early 90’s. Noting fancy but it has been adequate over the years. IMG_1088My only real grip has been the need to make this fence adjustment over and over again. As long as I remember to continue checking, it should not be a problem going forward.

Opening the grocery bag I pulled out the saw blade and wiped away the oven cleaner. In a couple of minutes I could see that it had worked its magic and all of the accumulated residue was gone.

Placing it back into the saw, I double checked its alignment and found no issues.


Once buttoned up the saw was ready to work. Grabbing the oak I continued to dimension the pieces I would need to make the Craftsman style lantern. The cuts were correctly aligned with no burn marks and I sensed no more struggle from the saw.





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  1. November 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for the post. I need to do this with my table saw. I’m just to impatient; but I know this is a potential safety issue.

    • November 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Hi Jeff, also makes a big difference on cut quality.

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