Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: central Illinois
Removing rust from an old table saw top
I don't mean light rust, this is pretty heavy oxidation from setting unused for a very long time. I was dropping off a mantel at a guys place yesterday and found an old table saw I am going to drag home as a project. I don't have any pictures, I was not there looking for anything just running late and he and I both needed to be someplace else. I was in my wifes little Ford Escape so I could not drag it home right then either. The guy is finishing the house he built and was not ready for the mantel so we put it in his shed. In the shed, tucked back in the corner behind and under a bunch of stuff I noticed an old (early 50's ?) Craftsman table saw and commented something like "There's and oldie" he said "Yea, it works I just don't have room/need it. You can have it if you want it, just haul it off and get it out of my way" Since it was kinda buried I did not get a great look at it and we did not have the time to dig it out, he said he would today. What I did see looked like the picture I attached I found on OWWM (not exactly, but the fence was similar and it had the open cast iron extensions).
That was alot of typing just to get to my point. What would be the best "homebrew" cleaning solution, if anyone else has done something similar. I have read all kinds of concoctions white vinegar and baking soda, motor oil and sand, boric acid and water/vinegar (I have boric acid powder from blacksmithing stuff)...
I know I am going to have to at the end use some fine sandpaper on the ROS and then buffing/polishing compound on a buffing pad. I am looking for an easy way to knock the majority of it off first.
Last edited by Daren; 06-22-2008 at 08:57 AM.