Tool Maintenance – Protecting A Cast Iron Tabletop

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Blog entry by TrentDavis posted 06-14-2017 01:38 AM 1720 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created a tutorial for removing, and helping to prevent rust from cast iron tabletops. This is just based on my experience and what has worked for me.

You can check it out here:

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 04:28 PM

Nice write up!

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 04:53 PM

Thanks. I end up explaining this process several times a week and I decided it was time to have a write-up that I could send people to instead.

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#3 posted 06-19-2017 04:18 PM

Great write up. I did get a kick out of “It will typically require more scrubbing if your table top is as rusty as mine was.” Your before photo looks better than my end result when I try to clean cast iron.

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 05:08 PM

Thanks. I’ve had to clean much worse. I once had a saw sent to me to work on that was involved in a shop fire. The saw wasn’t damaged until the employee got a little too excited with the fire extinguisher and sprayed the top of the table. The tabletop was bright red by the time they could get back in the building.

We soaked it in WD-40 overnight then took a grey Scotch-Brite pad and attached it to a random orbital sander and after a lot of elbow grease we were able to make it usable again. It looked horrible but after a few coats of paste wax, it was at least smooth enough to use.

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