Stains on my Tablesaw table

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Forum topic by unklegwar posted 04-23-2010 02:20 AM 4371 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2010 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

I got some dried Titebond II glue bits on my cast iron tablesaw top and they left black stains. I had no idea it could do that! My top is protected only with SlipIt (i was told wax could discolor wood).

The only thing I can think of to clean it is a steel cleaner (like you use on a stainless steel sink).

Suggestions welcome. Anyone else had to get stains out?

-- Eric ---- Wise Words T.B.D.

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 02:21 AM

WD-40 and a green Scotchbrite pad.

Some people swear by Bar Keeper’s Friend … which DOES do a GREAT job in my kitchen !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 02:22 AM

Steel wool. I sometimes use 220 grit sand paper. Stains will happen- think of them as proudly displayed battle scars.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-23-2010 02:34 AM

If it’s too clean and shiny people think you don’t use it.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 02:39 AM

Boeshield Rust-Free with a scotchbrite pad or 000 steel wool. Follow that with Boeshield T-9 for a protective coating. You can find it at Sears or many Ace Hardware stores and they come together as a kit.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 04-23-2010 04:58 AM

My last TS had two coffee cup rings for almost 25 years. The saw didn’t seem to mind. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#6 posted 04-23-2010 05:02 AM

green scotchbrite will take it off… boeshield, or johnsons wax would do a great job lter on

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 04-23-2010 05:12 AM

Thanks. I don’t mind marks and stains for a good reason. But for being stupid, not so cool.

-- Eric ---- Wise Words T.B.D.

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#8 posted 04-23-2010 06:21 AM

Measure thickness of the stain. If it’s less than 0.0000001 …..... keep on sawing!

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 04-23-2010 07:22 AM

Greetings….... Some folks just has too much to worry about… don’t sweat the small stuff. It ain’t gonna look new forever. If it does, it’ll look like you don’t ever use it….. lol.

Sawkerf: I had exactly the same thing on my saw, except I had 3 rings… 2 on the saw, and 1 on the right outfeed table….. never tried to get them off, and that brown ring looked really good on that white laminant…. it gave it that “man working here” look…... lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#10 posted 04-23-2010 03:24 PM

Tell visitors that those stains are from a Bombay Highboy you made that the Smithsonian asked to display.
And being the benevolent guy you are, you let them have it.
Modesty is everything….....

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#11 posted 04-23-2010 03:35 PM

I have a ring on mine TS too, acts as a reminder.. only wood on the saw.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#12 posted 04-23-2010 04:23 PM

Anyone know what it is in the Titebond that makes these black marks?

My biggest concern is that they don’t continue to progress. I cleaned them up with solvent and re-coated the top, but i’m no metallurgist.

-- Eric ---- Wise Words T.B.D.

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#13 posted 04-24-2010 02:28 PM

I cant beleive all these people who dont thing a stain on an expensive saw is important. I do. Yeah it will work fine without it, but i had some stains on my old saw that i WILL NOT let happen to my Powermatic! It was from titebond. I used to sand my old saw with 400 grit and it would help with the stains and keep it slick. But nothing ever took the stain completely out. Glues are made of a few things and basically its a chemical reaction between the cast iron and the glue. It isnt rust. The green scotchbrite sounds like a good idea but I am with you, i dont like the idea of wax as it may come of on some of your stock and affect finishing later.
And, in the manual with my new saw, they said to use kerosene to clean the top with and nothing elese. Try that. Kerosene has oils, but nothing that will affect wood.

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#14 posted 04-24-2010 04:03 PM

Greetings…... I will say this…. why is anyone glueing on top of their tablesaw to begin with? That’s what a workbench or an assembly table is for. And if you’re getting glue on the saw, then it’s not dry enough to be working with…. I do agree with Todd on that one….. that’s a no-no. Now coffee stains will wipe right up on laminant, and I don’t set mine on the metal part of the saw, if I set it there at all….keep wet glue off the saw..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#15 posted 04-24-2010 05:13 PM

Wow it’s good to see others who don’t use wax on their saw top cuz it transfers to the wood, well me i use it paste wax and i have a very slick top on my saw it’s a 1 year old delta unisaw and the top is so slick i can almost throw the wood through the blade but i do have to control it. The wax has no effect on the wood what so ever in my experience. The kerosene that todd has listed in his manual i think is for the first time to get the greese off that the co. puts on so it woun’t rust in the warehouse or in shipping but everyone has their own thang! good luck!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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