Laguna cast iron top easily scratching

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Forum topic by TomBodet posted 04-16-2017 12:24 AM 712 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2017 12:24 AM


New woodworker here. No real experience, just a guy doing the midlife crisis thing, so I need a little straightening out/voice of experience here.

I got a Laguna 1412 and have an issue with how easily it seems the table scratches. Last week I sliced up a small maple log for practice. During cleanup I ran the vac hose over the top and made some really fine scratches. Ok I thought, don’t do that again, but wtf.

Today I just ripped 3 studs to make quick and dirty 1×2s and now there are scratches deep enough to actually feel. I checked before and just rechecked for staples; nada. I can only assume they are from some knots at this point.

I feel like this top is made from real heavy pudding. I know using it means it’s going to look used but at this rate it seems like in a couple weeks I’ll have something that looks like I went at it with a wire wheel.

They’re not deep, but you can feel them when you run your nail across. I feel like I’m doing something terribly wrong.

Thanks for your time.

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 12:57 AM

It looks like you had some dirt on the wood. Cast iron is not that hard and scratches fairly easily. Just reread your post. If you actually shoved a log through it the bark was probably full of dirt and small rocks.

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 01:05 AM

So? What difference does it make? Use it more and all the scratches will blend in.


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#3 posted 04-16-2017 01:19 AM

So? What difference does it make? Use it more and all the scratches will blend in.


- Madmark2

I agree. After a few projects you’ll never notice.

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 02:11 AM

I am pro Laguna tools, so my question is – did you contact customer service, which is equally good as their product?
There is some merit in the above post’s, but Laguna is the best place to start. Also, did you get one of their fantastic dust collection system?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 02:57 AM

The heftier scratches pictured are definitely after the stud rips. I did the log last week, they were not present before today.

Desert, not sure what contacting Laguna gets me, it’s my fault.

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#6 posted 04-16-2017 03:01 AM

Table tops get scratched, stained, discolored and develop a patina over time… it’s not like this is a piece of fine furniture in your living room :) Wait after a few years of use and you will wish it only had those few scratches. Just keep it waxed and it won’t hurt a thing.


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#7 posted 04-16-2017 03:04 AM

just wait til it looks like this :)

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 03:49 AM

There is no way wood can scratch cast iron, knots or not. However if the wood or the table top is dirty it will scratch. The good thing nobody (almost ;-) ) care about it.

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#9 posted 04-16-2017 11:52 AM

No worries. Those are very minor.

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#10 posted 04-16-2017 04:21 PM

just wait til it looks like this :)

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Holbs that’s exactly the kind of perspective I needed. Thanks.

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