How to Keep Lumber Running Smoothly Through the Table Saw
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! I’ll share my method of how to keep lumber running smoothly through the table saw. Depending on how much I am using him, I try to do this at least every few months.
- 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! Car wax like Turtle wax will work just as well.
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! The lumber runs through the saw quite smoothly and the likely hood of a dangerous hang-up has been lessened. I hope this little tutorial on how to keep lumber running smoothly through the table saw is useful to you with your saw.
P.S. Like my dust collection?? Quite redneck but it works! My mom uses the sawdust in her garden!