Remove Rust from a Table Saw Top

Table Saw Rust

Table saws are built from steel.  Since steel has iron mixed in, we know this means it can rust.  So how do we prevent and take care of our table saw top so it looks beautiful and let's wood slide nicely across the top?

The first step is always to make sure your table top is clean.  When you are done working, wipe it off.  If the saw gets caught in the rain, wipe it off before you store it.  Even if you take absolute care of your saw, it can still rust since moister is in the air and that's enough to start to oxidation process and begin the rusting spots.

To start, you can apply a light coat of wax to your table saw top about once a month. This should help keep it clean and prevent any rust from forming.

If you do have spots with light rust forming, you can use a steel wool pad and some elbow grease to take that rust away. Again, once you have removed the rust, apply a small coat of wax. For a really bad top, spray a little WD40 and use some sandpaper to cut away the rust, then move down to steel wool. Once you have the rust off, you will want to clean it up with a small amount of soap and water to remove the WD40. Then when you apply a small amount of wax.

For a really bad top, spray a little WD40 and use some sandpaper to cut away the rust, then move down to steel wool. Once you have the rust off, you will want to clean it up with a small amount of soap and water to remove the WD40. Then when you apply a small amount of wax.

Remember to take some time and apply a small amount of wax each month to help keep your table saw top clean and rust free for years to come.