LumberJocks

Please help!!!

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Rob McCune posted 02-19-2008 07:46 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Rob McCune's profile

Rob McCune

123 posts in 2821 days


02-19-2008 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: help cast iron corrosion

I have a cat that has been “hiding presents” for me all over my shop, it apparently likes the sawdust better than the kitty litter. I went out into my shop last night and found a present on top of the cast iron table of my brand new jointer! I cleaned it off as best I could but it has somehow stained the surface and seems to have left microscopic pits in the finish. I tried to polish them out with very fine steel wool, but it is still there. What do I do?!? Is there any help for me? I can probably get by with it as it is now, but dangit, it is brand new, less than 6 months old. Will it continue to deteriorate or will the cleaning stop it? A new infeed table costs $130 and I would have to install it myself. Should I get one?

-- Rob McCune


9 replies so far

View Suz's profile

Suz

51 posts in 2479 days


#1 posted 02-19-2008 08:33 PM

If it were me, I wouldn’t replace the table, especially for $130. I’d spend that money on some lumber to run across the jointer! <grin> Plus you could use some of the money to buy the book: “101 THINGS TO DO WITH A DEAD CAT”. (<slap> That wasn’t nice Jim!!!!) This stain will be like the first dent in the new car. Something you will remember every time you use the jointer and remember to keep the cat out of the shop! As for any pitting to continue I doubt it if you cleaned it off thoroughly and then re-waxed the surface.

-- Jim

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2711 days


#2 posted 02-19-2008 09:11 PM

If it’s pitted, there’s nothing you can do with the exception of bringing the entire surface down to the level
of your deepest pit. I wouldn’t try it. $130 would be easier!

Spread pepper or chilie powder aroung to keep the cat away.

If the stain is visible you can use Navel Jelly to get rid of it, then keep it waxed. Wax would probably have
prevented the pits in the first place.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View cpt_hammer's profile

cpt_hammer

133 posts in 2535 days


#3 posted 02-19-2008 09:18 PM

My cat has issues with kitty litter causing urinary infections, so my wife bought this special cat liter. Turns out it comes in two variants. Clumping and Non-clumping. Both are made of the same thing. Pine sawdust shavings I guess for the clumping type, they spray a chemical over it.

View Rob McCune's profile

Rob McCune

123 posts in 2821 days


#4 posted 02-19-2008 09:23 PM

Gary, it was pretty well waxed, but the “stuff” ate right through it. I will have to try the pepper and the naval jelly. As for the litter, she was using it just fne, then one day I found a present and all of a sudden they are all over the place.

-- Rob McCune

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2884 days


#5 posted 02-19-2008 10:31 PM

yah.. those cats!!
When our one cat hears the door to the basement open, she runs as fast as she can to sneak inside… she loves her sawdust too.. darned cat

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View Rob McCune's profile

Rob McCune

123 posts in 2821 days


#6 posted 02-20-2008 06:48 PM

The naval jelly seems to have helped. It got rid of a couple small rust spots and the stained area doesn’t seem as pitted as it was. A layer of T9 and three coats of paste wax seem to have eliminated iany texture I could feel before. The stain itself is still there and where I used the naval jelly now is discolored as well, but I know I cleaned it thouroughly, so I will just have to live with that. Next time I wax it I will use the naval jelly over the whole top, and hopefully it will make the top more uniform in appearance. On a bright note, the naval jelly also took care of some rust on my mini-lathe that has been sitting unused for a while, so thanks for the tip on that Gary.

-- Rob McCune

View davidtheboxmaker's profile

davidtheboxmaker

373 posts in 2528 days


#7 posted 02-20-2008 09:36 PM

I’ve been trying to persuade my cat to come into my workshop – thought it would be nice to have the company.
Just shows – don’t know when I’m well off.

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2711 days


#8 posted 02-20-2008 10:50 PM

Sorry, but I should have told you that should use the navel jelly on the entire surface to get it to
your surface to come out evenly. I usually apply it in a thick coat and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Then clean it off. My final step is to go over the entire surface lightly with a random orbit sander with a real
fine grit like 220+. It will look like brand new after that. Then wax.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Rob McCune's profile

Rob McCune

123 posts in 2821 days


#9 posted 02-21-2008 05:29 PM

Oh well… As long as it didn’t damage it I can live with it for a couple months, right? I will use the sandpaper next time as well. Thanks for the tips Gary. And David, I have taken to covering my cast iron with plastic, so if you really want the cat in there, you better follow suit.

-- Rob McCune

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase