What's best for cleaning aluminum...? (plus a little trivia)

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Forum topic by tullochmurray posted 03-29-2011 05:35 AM 1081 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2011 05:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

This saw belonged to my late brother and rehabilitating it was the first project I focused on in my shop. And, like my shop, it is still a work in progress. I’m close though. Should be able to finish it up as soon as I receive a couple of parts I ordered from the manufacturer. I’ve got it cleaned up pretty well except for the base.

Anyone have any suggestions on cleaning up the aluminum portion of the base?

Trivia – I wonder if anyone can identify the manufacturer of this miter saw.
Hint: They don’t normally use this color.

-- Tullochmurray

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 05:54 AM

In your local grocery store, in the cleaning section, there are products for cleaning alum. pots and pans that cost a lot less than mag wheel cleaner and work a lot better.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 06:05 AM

Is it Mukita?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 02:29 AM

Yes TopamaxSurvivor, it’s a Makita. I guess they developed a line of tools marketed to homeowners in the late 80’s – early 90’s. And the line was red instead of Makita green (or is it blue). It’s old and a little beat up, but it’s a nice little saw. I gotta say, I thought I’d be able to stump people a little longer than an hour. Nicely done. I truly wish I could say you won something.

So, pot and pan cleaner. I think I’ve been making this woodworking thing more complicated than it has to be. Some examples:

Need to do a Tablesaw tune-up? I need a dial indicator and an a-line-it alignment jig – price $140.
OR – a couple pieces of wood, a pan head screw and a feeler gauge – price – free, because I already have all that.

Need to check to see if my square is square? I need a set of precision ground, hardened steel angle blocks – OR – a pencil and a piece of paper.

Need to protect the metal surfaces of my tools that I’ve cleaned? I need that stuff that was designed by Boeing. Or was it NASA. – OR – Johnson’s paste wax. Or maybe crumpled up wax paper.

I can hear my Dad saying “You need to use a little common sense and the brain God gave you”.

Pot and pan cleaner it is. Thanks to both of you for taking the time to check in.

-- Tullochmurray

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