Building a shop

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Chris Hall
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Re: Building a shop

Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:39 pm

Scotch-Brite Surface Conditioning discs, available in a variety of sizes, might be worth a trial too, and are supposed to be suitable for cast iron. They are available in various grits. I am thinking of giving the Very Fine grit ones a try on my table saw table, testing on a small area first. They are hook and look so they will go right on a 4.5" sander, like a Rotex.
John Whitley
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Re: Building a shop

Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:01 pm

Here’s before and after #1. I removed the rust with Rust Free and a white scotchbrite, cleaned up with mineral spirits, then reapplied T-9 and paste wax.

Before (I only shot one side; gomen!):
Planer before
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Planer after 1
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Planer after 2
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Fortunately only the extension wings were really hit. The planer head was completely protected and the main table got only minor spotting. I’ll need to retouch the one extension wing, as there are some small but determined rust spots that weren’t fully removed in this pass.

Next stop is the jointer, which will be a bit more work. The fence needs to be pulled off entirely for clean up, and both tables need work. Also, some water did get on the head so I’ll need to triage that. Only minor obvious rust, but I’ll need to see if bearings got hit, etc.
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Re: Building a shop

Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:47 pm

Looks good John, looks like the damage was pretty minimal.
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Re: Building a shop

Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:11 pm

Kicking the can down the road a bit:
  • Life interfered, so I haven't gotten to the jointer rehab yet. This is now temporarily delayed by:
  • The shop no longer has lights. This is a good thing. There were issues with many of the old shop light fixtures, and a number of them were in the way of the ducting paths, so everything's been taken down. Vetted old fixtures and some new fixtures will be installed with new LED T8 bulbs. I opted for a "bright white" 3000K color temp, warm w/o being overly yellow.
  • An electrician has been engaged for the shop work, and a power converter is on its way!
There's a fair bit of work yet to go before I'll be fully up and running, but the blocking items that required professional help are now all on the road to completion. Soon I'll be in the delightful state where only my own elbow grease stands between me and a working and fully tuned-up wood shop.

I think my biggest remaining uncertainty is how well the sliding table saw is going to work out. Echoing Chris' recent post on the Wadkin, I will likewise at least leave my saw in better condition than I found it.

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