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Blackie_

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785 days ago

Anyone else becides me have this problem? Everytime I get on the bandsaw for working a project, when cutting projects on the bandsaw rubbing palms across the table turns them black and won’t wash off.

Thanks
Randy

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#1 posted 785 days ago

Havent had that problem as of yet Randy Dirty table maybe lol. Na just the metal on the table. Guess they call you Blackie for a reason LOL But to be serious I bet its the swet from your hands that makes this happen. The acids in our skin reacts to different metals.

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 785 days ago

If your table is good and waxed, you should not have any problems. I would try scrubbing it down with some WD-40 and a scotch-brite pad followed by a good waxing. Some prefer paste wax, I happen to like Maguiar NXT synthetic wax as it seems to hold up a little better. Whatever you use, make sure it doesn’t have any silicone in it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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JuniorJoiner

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#3 posted 785 days ago

are you cutting mesquite, because that will turn your hands black. I just spray a machine top with jigaloo(after i clean it) and i never have the problem again.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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Dallas

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#4 posted 785 days ago

Is there any hair growing in the palms?

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 785 days ago

clean the tables and wax them with paste wax – cheap, effective (in more than one way).

if that does not stop the blacking – it might be the wood you are using (oak/mahogany/anything with tanic acids will blacken your hands and does not wash off)

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 785 days ago

I guess that could be coming from raw aluminum which will turn your hands black, but it come off with hand cleaner. I coat all my surfaces- cast iron, steel or aluminum with a coat of Butchers floor wax 2-3 times a year just to keep wood gliding nicely . I have that same saw you do and never got any black from it….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 785 days ago

The woods I was cutting were, Walnut and Oak, don’t think it was due to sweat as my shop is ACed I’ll do what everyone suggested clean table and put some wax down on it.

Thanks all

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Tomj

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#8 posted 785 days ago

I would use any wax without silicone in it. I wouldn’t use WD40 because I believe that has silicone in it which can cause problems with finishing. Good luck.

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MrUnix

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#9 posted 785 days ago

Tomj wrote ”I wouldn’t use WD40 because I believe that has silicone in it

From the WD-40 FAQ:

Q: What does WD-40 contain?

A: While the ingredients in WD-40 are secret, we can tell you what WD-40 does NOT contain. WD-40 does not contain silicone, kerosene, water, wax, graphite, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or any known cancer-causing agents.

WD-40, a straight-edge razor blade and scotch-brite pads are first in line for cleaning table tops. It will take care of most gunk and surface rust problems you may have. Put the pad on a random-orbital sander for stubborn areas, and keep the table/pad well lubricated.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Tomj

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#10 posted 785 days ago

I’m assuming that was from the WD-40 website. I always thought it had silicone in it which was one of the ingredients that helped displace/repel water. I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.

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Roger

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#11 posted 784 days ago

Yup, Walnut & Oak will do that. I agree with others about your top/s on any shop equipment. I use Johnsons paste wax anytime I notice any “drag” on any boards.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 784 days ago

I sometimes used plan wax paper and rub it across the table tops and it makes all smooth just not sure what’s on the wax paper surface.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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