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Blog entry by woodymays posted 06-12-2009 04:52 AM 1004 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was wondering if anyone ever used gun bluing to treat the bare metal on table saws?

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 04:54 AM

Use something like johnsons paste wax. Doesn’t hurt any finish. Only silicone will.

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 05:33 AM

I used Johnson’s for a while and it works great. Then I found Renaissance wax. It is easier to apply and last longer. I would be interested to see what bluing would do to a table saw top, just don’t want to be the one who tries it on my table saw.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 06-12-2009 05:37 AM

Based on some rifles that I have bought, bluing would be too prone to rust and expecially wear and scratching to be worthwhile. Indeed, there are better waxes out there, but I am just old school and have a couple cans of Johnsons.

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#4 posted 06-12-2009 06:10 AM

The actual process of blueing metal parts in gunsmithing is a rusting processing. The top would have to be vattted, and I don’t know many gunsmiths with a vat large enough to handle a table saw top. After heating the salts for bluing and submersion for a while the metal is then run through a neutralizing bath and then oiled. I really don’t think blueing a table saw top is the way to go.

Ken McGinnis

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Walt Bungard

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 08:03 PM

When I was a sprout (HS) I worked in a gunshop. My job was to go around at the end of the day and wipe the exposed metal down of all of the firearms in the shop. Several hundred. Oil/residue from Fingerprints would corrode the steel barrels. And bluing is not very tough. So you’d probably have to wipe your table saw down after each use.

I like the idea of wax. I am going to give it a try.

-- Walt, Atlanta....Michigan

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 04:05 PM

My table saw has almost a gun blue Patina. It’s 50-60 yrs old. Since I’ve moved into my shop in Delaware I haven’t had a rust problem except where I sweat and forget.

I use Wax periodically on the surface.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 04:18 PM

I’ve been using WD40, & it doesn’t leave an oily residue for dust to grab onto.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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