Sometimes my shop is lucky enough to inherit tools from other shops when they either close up or upgrade their machines. When this happens, if it’s a machine we can use, they are often in rough shape and in need of cleaning and maintenance.
This Rockwell Delta jointer for instance needed a good cleaning on the deck, a new power cord, and new blades. In this post I’ll show you how an old time carpenter tought me to clean the metal deck of a shop machine.
Start by soaking the metal surface with WD-40 overnight or for several days if you have the time.
Then, with an old sander you don’t mind getting dirty and 100 grit sand paper, wet sand the surface for about 10 min. It should look orange like this.
Wipe off the rust and WD-40, then spray and repeat, or you can let it soak again.
You can tell you are getting close to being finished when the color turns from orange to dark grayish brownish.
Once you are satisfied with the decks appearance clean all rust and WD-40 residue off you can then apply a wax or deck slide compound.
I have had really good results with this method and have not had the rust reflash after finish.
If anyone else has rust removal tips and tricks, please feel free to comment and share on my post. I am always looking for better / easier ways to take care of shop tools.