This post was actually published for the first time last summer, and again last winter. I thought it might be relevant to new readers who didn’t get a chance to see it. What prompted the “re-publish” was that I noticed lumber wasn’t running through Big Daddy very smoothly and I really need to fix him up also!
When I was using Big Daddy (my table saw) the other day, I noticed the lumber wasn’t running through the saw as smooth as it usually does . It was time for a cleaning… You see, even though I do tons of projects and have a million tools, I do not have a shop!! Poor Big Daddy is forced to live under the carport (actually chained to the carport) with a waterproof grill cover as his coat. Occasionally, the table gets a bit of rust on it which means the rust will transfer onto any lumber I run through the saw. Of course, I take very good care of Big Daddy because I want him to be around forever! Depending on how much I am using him, I try to do this at least every few months!
Today, I’ll share my method of keeping Big Daddy rust-free and my lumber running through the saw as smooth as silk!
- Paste Wax
- Small wire brush
- Old rags
I like to start by spraying the rusty spots on the table with WD-40.
I let it sit for a few minutes, then use my wire brush to loosen the rust. I use an old rag to wipe everything off.
All right!! Looking good…
I like to put a coat of paste wax on the table and rip fence. The paste wax adds a nice coating and keeps everything flowing smoothly!
I apply the wax with an old rag and let it dry.
Then, I buff the wax off. Actually, I have a polishing pad for my sander and I use that. Yes, I’m lazy but it gives a new definition to “wax on, wax off”!
Woo hoo! Big Daddy looks great!
Until next time,
P.S. Like my dust collection?? Quite redneck but it works! My mom used the sawdust in her garden!