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Turns4wood

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01-10-2019 05:53 AM

What are folks here using to take rust off the surface on saws and then polish so that is can be serviceable again new here so help please

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor


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#1 posted 01-10-2019 07:15 AM

go here:

http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/library.html

Then click on “How to Clean a Saw”

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#2 posted 01-10-2019 11:58 AM

The recommend would depend on just how bad the table is rusted. Just a shadow of rust can be easily removed with wd-40 and a Scotchbrite pad, then waxed with a good paste wax (Johnson’s, etc). Severe rust and/or pitting will require a more aggressive approach…..can you give us some idea of how much work you’re facing? How bad is the rust?

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 02:55 PM



The recommend would depend on just how bad the table is rusted. Just a shadow of rust can be easily removed with wd-40 and a Scotchbrite pad, then waxed with a good paste wax (Johnson s, etc).

- Fred Hargis

I have a video for this situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SJN6Our2j8&t=1s

If it is a much more severe situation, I would recommend sandpaper rather than a scotch brite pad. Resist the temptation to go at it with a grinder or belt sander. They are much too aggressive and you could end up with a tabletop that’s wavy. Much better, in the long run, to spend the time with an ROS and keep it moving to prevent taking too much off.

That said, a little bit of pitting isn’t a deal breaker, so no need to remove it all. My saw is around 70 years old and my grandfather used it for everything, from an assembly table to workbench. I’d have to take it to an industrial grinder to get all of the pits out of it (and probably lose 1/16”). But I have no problems pushing wood over it.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 03:57 PM



What are folks here using to take rust off the surface on saws and then polish so that is can be serviceable again new here so help please

- Turns4wood

There seems to be some confusion as to whether this refers to hand saws (which some LJs collect and restore) or old table saws (that sometimes are acquired in rusty condition). Don’t assume.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#5 posted 01-14-2019 09:39 PM

Having pits in the surface doesn’t affect the saw’s cutting ability. Just clean off the surface rust; I use a Scotch sanding block with WD-40; wipe it clean and polish with carnuba wax. Make sure the wax you use doesn’t contain any silicone which can get transferred to the wood which would impede any subsequent finishing. Wax the top every month and all will be good.

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