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Hi Gang
I have had a very busy year in my contracting business and have found my wood shop equipment had developed some surface rust on them.This is not a problem I usually have because I try and clean, treat and wax my machinery once every 4 months give or take, but it’s been almost a year since the last time they got the proper cleaning and protection. So after spending many hours cleaning up my equipment, I thought I’ve got to do something more to protect them since it will be before I can get to my back log of shop projects. About this time up pops one of my supplier’s ad in my email with a magnetic table saw cover, so I send off for one.
and it seemed to be a good idea to protect my saw’s surface since many horizontal surfaces end up being a great place to place things or to lean on,( It took me four tries to take a rusty hand print of the surface of my saw).
Some time passed and I realize this magnetic cover Idea works, so I proceed to check out how much it would cost to cover all of my equipment with exposed iron on the top.After checking the price of the table saw magnetic covers it seem crazy to spend around $300 to cut up table saw covers and have to cut them up into several pieces to fit, then I realized that the magnetic covers are nothing more than magnetic sign material used on cars for advertising.After shopping around I found a roll on eBay for $60 and cut them to size.
I think it makes good protection for your equipment surfaces but feel it could drive you crazy putting on and taking off these covers every day but when you’re not using your shop of certain pieces of equipment daily i like the idea.
I know some of the covers need the holes enlarged to be able to be used with tools that have adjustable items on them like the oscillating spindle sander and drill press but I’ll get to them another day.
Ok what’re your thoughts am I crazy or what?


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#1 posted 09-01-2017 11:12 PM

I think it’s a great idea.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 09-01-2017 11:20 PM

Great idea. I do not have your problem at this time but who knows when I might have to stay out of the shop for an extended time. I will sure recommend this to some friends. Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#3 posted 09-01-2017 11:31 PM

Jim, that looks like a great idea. When not in use, just stick them to the wall on a piece of scrap sheet metal.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 09-01-2017 11:32 PM

That’s some good thinking Jim!

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#5 posted 09-01-2017 11:44 PM

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#6 posted 09-02-2017 12:11 AM may help for visual understanding. I see benefits, of protecting the iron surfaces from top damage- glue, paint and drinks, which is very helpful. From your post and the video; I did not get a definitive answer – How or does the magnetic cover prevent rust?
Ps I don’t think your crazy but very well tempered.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 12:24 AM

I live in high humidity (south Louisiana) and wonder if the cover would actually trap the dampness and not allow drying? Or would it prevent it from even forming on the cast iron surfaces?

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#8 posted 09-02-2017 12:24 AM

Thanks for the video.
I’m not sure that it will prevent rust for everyone depending on where they live, but it stands to reason that if an area of metal is not exposed to moist air that it has to offer some protection more than being fully exposed, besides the moisture I like the other benefits you and the video mentioned.


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#9 posted 09-02-2017 12:39 AM

Looks like I didn’t have as big of savings as I thought I found this web site that does make magnetic covers for other tools without cutting up a table saw cover. They cost roughly $20-$22 each but making your own is still less I covered 5 machines for $60.
They do claim protection against rust.


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#10 posted 09-02-2017 12:43 AM

Jim, looks pretty good. And a great financial solution. For me I really have to check as there are cold and hot spots that cause precipitation. I also have cats and cat pee will eat everything! Happy Holiday! I’m working tomorrow.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 09-02-2017 01:21 AM

Makes sense to me. cut off the oxygen and stop the oxidation, thanks Jim.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 09-02-2017 02:27 AM

I find that the best way to protect metal surface or ways of a machine is putting wood over them. I do that on my mill table and get no rust at all!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 09-02-2017 06:09 AM

Jim, I like the idea if you are mothballing your shop for some period, but it might make your tools even more of a gathering place for stuff. I think I’ll stick to a quick sanding of any rust spots with a random orbital sander and a little Johnson’s Paste Wax and a cloth. Of course the best cure is to keep using stuff.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 09-02-2017 11:30 AM

Good thinking. I’ll have to look into getting some. One thing (I think) makes these more useful is that you can roll them up (?) when not in use making storage a little easier. But they don’t magnetize the cast iron any, do they?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#15 posted 09-02-2017 11:39 AM

Good thread and found the material on eBay.

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