A travesty has occured. I went into my shop this evening and someone has obviously come into my shop and glued up a panel on my table saw. Why would anyone do such a thing? If they would have just asked me I would have said that I know that the table saw top is the flattest surface in the shop, but no matter how tempting it is you should never do a glue up on your table saw top. Even though this mystery person put newspaper down on the top which caught the glue except it bled through the paper leaving two very distinct lines on the saw.
I guess its not too bad since my saw needed a good cleaning and a re-waxing of the top to make it slick.
I started to clean up the mystery person’s mess by using some mineral spirits and a green scrubbing pad. I used long strokes that went all the way from the front of the saw to the back of the saw. I figured if I left scratch marks at least they’d all be in the same direction. After a good 30 – 40 minutes of scrubbing most of the lines came off the saw although you can still see them a little bit if you look close, but it’s clean enough for me. After scrubbing the surface I wiped most of the mineral spirits up with a paper towel, and used some purple magic cleaner to clean the entire surface. Next I used paper towels and made sure that the entire surface was dry. The final step was to apply some wax. If you do this at home don’t use automotive wax because the silicone in the wax will get onto your wood projects making them almost impossible to apply finish to. I used Johnson’s paste wax to apply a thin coat to the cast iron top. After it dried to a haze I buffed it off with a towel, and then applied one more coat and buffed it just as before.
I just post this to say no matter how tempting it may be don’t ever do a glue up on your table saw. By the way if you hear of a guy that made a really stupid rookie mistake like this guy did just pat him on the back and say it will be ok.
-- Scott, Georgia