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How To: Keep Lumber Running Smoothly Through the Table Saw

By Designs by Studio C on Aug 30, 2012

When I was using Big Daddy (my table saw) the other day, I noticed the lumber wasn't running through the saw as smooth as it usually does . It was time for a cleaning... You see, even though I do tons of projects and have a million tools, I do not have a shop!!  Poor Big Daddy is forced to live under the carport (actually chained to the carport) with a waterproof grill cover as his coat. Occasionally, the table gets a bit of rust on it which means the rust will transfer onto any lumber I run through the saw.  Of course, I take very good care of Big Daddy because I want him to be around forever! Depending on how much I am using him, I try to do this at least every few months!

Today, I'll share my method of keeping Big Daddy rust-free and my lumber running through the saw as smooth as silk!


  • WD-40
  • Paste Wax
  • Small wire brush
  • Old rags

I like to start by spraying the rusty spots onthe table with WD-40.

I let it sit for a few minutes, then use my wire brush to loosen the rust. I use an old rag to wipe everything off.


All right!! Looking good...


I like to put a coat of paste wax on the table and rip fence. The paste wax adds a nice coating and keeps everything flowing smoothly!

I apply the wax with an old rag and let it dry.

Then, I buff the wax off. Actually, I have a polishing pad for my sander and I use that. Yes, I'm lazy but it gives a new definition to "wax on, wax off"!

Woo hoo! Big Daddy looks great!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!

P.S. Like my dust collection??


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