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 likelihood 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.