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Forum topic by Woodworker101 posted 12-28-2013 09:07 AM 890 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2013 09:07 AM

Hi all,

I bought my first ever table saw the other day, so today I thought that I would give it some protection by waxing it with some cabinet makers wax. I applied the wax and came back in twenty minutes and wiped it off. That was fine, the surface was nice and smooth but 5 hours later I was cutting some timber and after the cut I swept the saw dust off the top of tablesaw top and saw that the sawdust was stuck on to the cast iron table top. I got an old rag and tried to wipe it off but it’s not coming off.

Is this a problem, how can I remove the wax from my cast iron tablesaw top?

Thank you,


-- Jackson, Australia,

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 09:49 AM

I would try melt or soften the wax with a heat gun or a hair dryer and then buff it.

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 12:51 PM

I would try mineral spirits or turpentine. Wet a rag, it shouldn’t take much.

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 02:19 PM

I concur with Don, I think you want to start with the proverbial clean slate.

You didn’t mention it in your initial post but most tools are delivered with a thin protective film of grease and it’s possible you didn’t get all that cleaned-off prior to waxing.

Good luck…

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 02:33 PM

X3 on mineral spirits. Next time don’t let the wax dry too hard. I always buff it almost immediatly after applying. You don’t need much on the surface.

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 03:50 PM

You can clean with mineral spirit, clean the top very well and apply more wax and buff.

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