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Can anyone help me out, what do you fellas use to clean surface rust off of your cast iron tops (table saw). I have read some threads saying paste floor wax is applied weekly or monthly but i need to get rid of the rust first.
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Random orbital sander with scotch bright pad instead of sandpaper. A little wd 40 maybe.but not with the ROS, your pad will get nasty.
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Top is done

Found the scotch bright pad at Lowe's, bought a medium and a fine. When i started in with the sander and these pads i didn't want to stop until it shined. Top looks and feels fantastic. Thanks
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For light surface rust, I use those allegedly fine grit sanding sponges from Harbor Freight, and WD-40... Brought my band saw table back to new condition, not to mention the bed ways on my lathe...

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WD-40 and steel wool. Of course if you have a really bad problem then an angle grinder with a brillo type pad will really shine it. I use that to clean the barnacles off my boat propellers.

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i didn't want to stop until it shined. Top looks and feels fantastic.
That's great news. Rust on a tool is heartbreaking. Got any before and after photos?
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Kenbo -- The cast top i am cleaning is in the tools and machinery section. I have eliminated all of the rust and have started with the scotch bright pads and 400 grit wet sand paper with WD-40. The top shines --- But -- the more i use these pads and sand paper the less of the milling marks are visable. So i am trying to eleminate as many of them as i can. I am in the process of building a mobile base for the saw so i am able to move it around the garage. I will post pics when i have the base done and the top complete. After that i will look for an after market fence, then the real work starts. Fine tuning!!!! OMT a friend built me a jig that fits in the mitre groove that will except my dial indicator, that should help in the tuning process .
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table saw jig

Kenbo here is a picture of the jig a friend made for me. It works very well. I used it on my Grizzly before i sold all my tools and moved to Florida.Attachment 11053

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I can't use the words "sold" and "tools" in the same sentence. Oh crap, I just did.
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It was tough

I agree with you Rusty, the words sold and tools in the same sentence just isn't right. But when i moved to Florida back in 2001 i didn't have enough room in my 5x8 trailer to haul all of my worldly possesions, so due to weight and space the larger woodworking tools had to go. I was able to pack alot of my power hand tools
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