Cleaning up a cast aluminum jointer table

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Forum topic by mspain77 posted 03-30-2016 07:33 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2016 07:33 PM

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Hey guys,
I have an old inherited Delta 6” bench top jointer that works pretty well now that I got the new blades dialed in (thanks again guys). The cast aluminum table appears to be stained and, though I have it waxed up, I feel like it could maybe have a little less resistance to the boards going over the surface. I also feel like the fence is warped or something, though it appears straight when I use a straight edge, but I can’t get it parallel to the tables no matter what I try. This thing was in a storage unit for seven years, and it gets a little too hot here in the summer, so it may have seen temperatures of 140 or so at some points.

Is it possible that the heat warped the aluminum fence?
I’m scared to death of using any type of grinding surface or anything that could change the surface for the worse. Has anybody else tackled this problem or know of a good product to clean this thing up nice and shiny and silky smooth? Much appreciated.

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