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BigChip

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12-28-2018 02:13 AM

Howdy all, new member. Been browsing this website for a while, decided to join as I am attempting to cobble together a budget woodworking shop. Since beginning this journey I inherited a 1967 Ward’s Radial Arm saw when my Dad passed away a couple of years ago. I refurbished it and enjoy using it!

For Christmas I just bought myself a Grizzly G0555 bandsaw. SCORE!

And a couple of days ago a friend mentioned that he had a table saw that he no longer used and wanted to sell cheap. It was a Ridgid Contractor saw, that he apparently stored in a VERY dirty place…

So I got it home and cleaned it up. But The table was apparently painted when it was new and most of the paint had chipped away over time. So I did my best to strip away the paint. Not totally satisfied with the outcome, so I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to how to finish stripping it, and maybe sand it or wire brush it (more) to get it looking uniform. And then maybe treat it with some Gibbs oil or something to keep it in good shape…?

What do you think?


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 02:36 AM

I think your friend needs to go to Tool Jail…. SMDH that’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. My neighbor has that saw, I don’t think it was a painted surface, but perhaps it was some sort of powder coat that failed. I can’t find a spec for what the top surface metal is, but I “think” it’s aluminum or a similar alloy. As the top is already FUBAR, if I were in your shoes, (and didn’t pay more than $50 for it), I’d start with some 100 grit in a ROS and see if it cleans up. Other schools of thought might be to try a razor scraper first then go to sand paper. If you get zero results from those than a flap wheel or wire brush might work, but I would be fearful of being too aggressive as I’m certain the top is NOT cast iron. Once you do get it cleaned up paste wax should be sufficient to protect and keep it smooth. Good luck with it and Welcome to the forum.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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BigChip

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#2 posted 12-28-2018 02:50 AM


I think your friend needs to go to Tool Jail…. SMDH that s the ugliest thing I ve ever seen.
- ChefHDAN

Um no, The BEFORE pic would have the be the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen..

But like I said, it’s a budget thing and the truth is I am thrilled to have a table saw. So, I’ll deal with it.

Truth is, the top looks bad, but the rest of it cleaned up pretty good, and seems to work fine.

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TravisH

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#3 posted 12-28-2018 02:57 AM

I have had really good results with Motsenbocker’s Lift Off. Very easy to use. My local Ace Hardware carries it.

https://www.liftoffinc.com/products/product/MLO41132QTX0/motsenbocker-s-lift-off/cp_/all-products/professional

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#4 posted 12-28-2018 03:16 AM

What is top made of?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 12-28-2018 03:40 AM

Since you said he wanted to sell it cheap I assume that means you paid money for that piece of crap. Bad move. Honestly, if someone offered that to me for free I’d say no thanks.

I know you want a table saw but that’s not even remotely functional, and it’s not a level of machine that is worth refurbishing. Sorry, but I’d ask if he would be willing to take it back. No refund, just take it off your hands. Not only did you pay for junk, but you’ll probably have to pay again to take it to the dump.

-- Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to sound smarter the faster they come at you.

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BigChip

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#6 posted 12-28-2018 03:53 AM



Since you said he wanted to sell it cheap I assume that means you paid money for that piece of crap. Bad move. Honestly, if someone offered that to me for free I d say no thanks.

I know you want a table saw but that s not even remotely functional, and it s not a level of machine that is worth refurbishing. Sorry, but I d ask if he would be willing to take it back. No refund, just take it off your hands. Not only did you pay for junk, but you ll probably have to pay again to take it to the dump.

- Rich

Thanks – big help!

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#7 posted 12-28-2018 04:03 AM



Since you said he wanted to sell it cheap I assume that means you paid money for that piece of crap. Bad move. Honestly, if someone offered that to me for free I d say no thanks.

I know you want a table saw but that s not even remotely functional, and it s not a level of machine that is worth refurbishing. Sorry, but I d ask if he would be willing to take it back. No refund, just take it off your hands. Not only did you pay for junk, but you ll probably have to pay again to take it to the dump.

- Rich

Why do you have to burst his bubble. Hmmm.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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BigChip

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#8 posted 12-28-2018 04:05 AM


What is top made of?

- woodbutcherbynight

Aluminum.

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MikeDilday

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#9 posted 12-28-2018 04:06 AM

I would get a paint remover that is safe on the aluminum. After removing the paint then take some 400 or higher sandpaper on a flat block and sand the surface. Then either paint it or use Johnson’s paste wax to protect it.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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BigChip

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#10 posted 12-28-2018 04:10 AM



I would first get a magnet to determine whether it is steel/cast iron or aluminum. Then I would get a paint remover that is safe on the metal. After removing the paint then take some 400 or higher sandpaper on a flat block and sand the surface. Then either paint it or use Johnson s paste wax to protect it.

- MikeDilday

Yep, it’s aluminum. That sounds like a good plan. Will give it a whirl. Thanks!

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#11 posted 12-28-2018 04:10 AM


Since you said he wanted to sell it cheap I assume that means you paid money for that piece of crap. Bad move. Honestly, if someone offered that to me for free I d say no thanks.

I know you want a table saw but that s not even remotely functional, and it s not a level of machine that is worth refurbishing. Sorry, but I d ask if he would be willing to take it back. No refund, just take it off your hands. Not only did you pay for junk, but you ll probably have to pay again to take it to the dump.

- Rich

Why do you have to burst his bubble. Hmmm.

- MikeDilday


-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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MikeDilday

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#12 posted 12-28-2018 04:12 AM

BigChip don’t listen to the bullies – some people are just mean. Keep building your woodshed and don’t let people discourage you. With a little elbow grease that saw will be good as new. I build a lot of nice stuff using an old Craftsman table saw with a cheap fence and miter. Later if you stay with it you can upgrade the saw if you want.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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BigChip

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#13 posted 12-28-2018 04:22 AM

No big deal. I’ll polish up that turd and get a lot of use out of it I am sure! Bringing it back to life is half of the fun, especially if someone else says it’s crap. It is a lot better than having NO table saw.

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#14 posted 12-28-2018 04:25 AM

Nice, Rich! ... And you started out with what? BigChip, Mike has sage advice. Rich’s is malignant.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#15 posted 12-28-2018 04:25 AM


BigChip don t listen to the bullies – some people are just mean. Keep building your woodshed and don t let people discourage you. With a little elbow grease that saw will be good as new. I build a lot of nice stuff using an old Craftsman table saw with a cheap fence and miter. Later if you stay with it you can upgrade the saw if you want.

- MikeDilday

That saw will never be as good as new. In fact, it will likely never be solid enough to use safely. You’re encouraging the OP to risk his life and limb over some strange whim you have that elbow grease is going to make that piece of crap like new.

Call me names all you want (which says a lot about your character — or lack thereof), I’m simply telling him the truth.

-- Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to sound smarter the faster they come at you.

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