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post #21 of 30 Old 07-06-2019, 01:19 PM
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I am very limited in floor space. I do use my TS top for a lot of things but don't pound or do anything that might harm the top which is aluminum- Ryobi BT3000. I use another work bench for that.

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I keep a sheet of thick cardboard on top my table saw. Not so much to work on but our cat loves to lay on top of my tablesaw. If I don't keep something on it I get rusty paw prints and rusty where he lays spots...
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I keep a sheet of thick cardboard on top my table saw. Not so much to work on but our cat loves to lay on top of my tablesaw. If I don't keep something on it I get rusty paw prints and rusty where he lays spots...
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post #24 of 30 Old 07-07-2019, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

I bought a "white coated panel" at Home Depot. It is 3x7, not 4x8. The 3x7 size is larger than I need. It is painted white on top and a smooth, hard, light brown on the bottom (tempered?). I hope that the white paint coating will keep moisture from going through. (I will run a few tests on cutoffs.)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/202088784

I wish it had that fibrous bottom of regular hardboard, which might keep it from slipping around. I may add thin miter strips to lock it to the miter slots.

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* View of the cover with an inverted cut-off piece to show the bottom.
* Closeup of the cover and bottom.
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I have a small shop and my table saw is also my project hangout
The outfeed table has a Festool MFT top and Kreg clamping top integrated into it
It’s the go to spot in the shop
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Cut it twice, measure once and it's still too short.
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I have a SawStop job site saw I’ll open up if the table saw is being used as a bench and I have that “One more cut” to do
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Has happened way to often

Cut it twice, measure once and it's still too short.
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Flat surfaces tend to attract assorted objects, usually a lot of them... Tablesaw is no exception.


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Me, never but sure, I would if I weren't blessed with enough space.



I don't coat mine with anything, but then again it gets used on a daily basis.


Don't see a problem covering with hardboard.
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Update:

I bought a "white coated panel" at Home Depot. It is 3x7, not 4x8. The 3x7 size is larger than I need. It is painted white on top and a smooth, hard, light brown on the bottom (tempered?). I hope that the white paint coating will keep moisture from going through. (I will run a few tests on cutoffs.)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/202088784

I wish it had that fibrous bottom of regular hardboard, which might keep it from slipping around. I may add thin miter strips to lock it to the miter slots.

Photos:

* View of the cover with an inverted cut-off piece to show the bottom.
* Closeup of the cover and bottom.
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I tested a cutoff piece, which I put on a silicone work mat. I put an ice cold can of soda and a large (quarter-size) drop of tap water on it. I could feel the condensation forming on the soda can as I put it down. I left the test overnight in the dry, warm air.

When I checked this morning, the test piece was dry and flat with no sign of swelling or bulges. The test piece seemed unaffected by the previous day's water that was left on its surface. There was no discoloration on the back side or anywhere else on the test piece. The soda can was at room temperature and dry. There was no ring on the surface of the test piece below it. The water droplet left an ordinary mineral ring when it evaporated, which our hard water does on any surface.

I will glue two thin strips underneath for the miter slots, to keep the cover from floating around as much. I may cut it in two someday, so I won't have to lower the blade and remove the riving knife/blade guard when the the cover is in place.
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Do you use your table saw as a work table when you are not sawing with it? If so, how do you protect the surface? Do you cover your cast iron table saw top for table use? ... or do you apply a coat Johnson's Paste Wax and use it as a table without worry?

(I know that some people have special fabric/plastic covers to protect against rust from condensation, but that isn't an issue here.)

I am thinking about covering my cast iron table saw with a hardboard top to protect it so it can be used as a table surface to hold stuff (maybe even a can of soda?) or as a work table for projects, crafts, etc. The top would be easily removed for table saw use, of course.

Would a hardboard top cause problems to a cast iron table saw top? Could it leach or trap moisture and rust the cast iron? Is there a better solution?
I use this.

https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shop...saw_cover.html
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