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  • Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

    I set up my new TS 3650 along with applying a coating to protect the surface from moisture.

    What I'm noticing is that the surface easily gets surface scratches. Is this normal? I have a Delta X5 Jointer and it doesn't scratch like this.

    I called Ridgid, they could only suggest using car wax, I mentioned that that has silicone and isn't good to use since it will effect the wood.

    Anyway is it normal for the table to get all scratched up?

    Phil

  • #2
    Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

    can you post a few pics so others that have have this saw comment on that weather your saw have about the same scratches as there's
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    • #3
      Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

      Did you clean the top before applying your protectant? It could be that the two dissimilar items are causing it to look like it's all scratched up.

      Pictures could go a long way in helping you.
      I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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      • #4
        Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

        Cast iron does scratch, pics would help us determine if they are normal.
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        • #5
          Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

          Thanks everyone,

          Hopefully these pictures can help you determine if this is normal.

          As mentioned I'm new to woodworking, this table saw replaced my Ryobi table saw. My only reference to a cast iron table is with my Delta X5 Jointer. I've used it a lot and I don't have scratches like this.

          While assembling the table saw I didn't scratch it. This was simply doing some test cuts with wood that wasn't roughed up.

          I cleaned off the grease with a degreaser and then Mineral Spirits. I then applied Bostik's Top_Cote.

          Thanks,
          Phil
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          • #6
            Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

            Phil

            That may be just the Top-Coat that's scratched. Can you feel the scratches with your fingers or finger nails? If yes, in a small area you might try removing the Top-Coat and see if the scratches are still there. If they are, some very fine sand paper and a rubber sanding block should help remove them. If they are gone, then you may need to strip the Top-Coat (if the scratches really bug you) and apply a new coating. Do you remember if they were on the table before you applied it to the table?

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            • #7
              Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

              It looks like mine the first hour that I owned it, unless they are deep, I wouldn't worry. Wait till a month later, after being used, to me it gives character.
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              • #8
                Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                I can't feel the scratches with my fingernail. Maybe it is the Bostik Top Coat!

                The scratches weren't there beforehand. All was clear until I ran the first piece of wood. I'll strip the Top Coat tomorrow and reapply. I don't mind minor stuff as long as it's normal.

                Maybe while I've got you guys I can ask this. My Delta Jointer does have a gouge, about 1/8" long and I can feel it too with my nail. What's the best way to treat this, with a finishing stone?

                Thanks,
                Phil

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                • #9
                  Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                  Good question on the gouge, What got me thinking was maybe fill in with a 2 part epoxy. But I'm sure someone will come up with a great answer. Is that gouge very deep, can it be filled or more in the case of grinding the surface a little?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                    The gouge on the Jointer isn't very deep. If you look at it very close you can see some placement on the edge of the gouge. Basically you can easily get your nail to grip it.

                    Phil

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                    • #11
                      Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                      That's inevitable Phil, and won't effect your work as long as you don't have gouges with burred edges grabbing the piece.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                        Originally posted by PhilF View Post
                        The gouge on the Jointer isn't very deep. If you look at it very close you can see some placement on the edge of the gouge. Basically you can easily get your nail to grip it.

                        Phil
                        You can use some fine wet-sand paper and a flat block with WD40.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                          I have similar scratches, they dont matter unless they are scratching your work.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                            Ok, I striped the Bostik's Top Cote mineral spirits, the scratches are still on the table saw.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Maybe a newbie stupid question re: TS3650

                              Cast iron is soft, but wood won't scratch it unless there's something in the wood that is harder than the cast. It is easy to inadvertently scratch cast when laying steel objects on it, miter gauges, blades, metal rules, etc. Scratches are gonna happen, it's the nature of using cast iron tops. Occasionally buff them out with steel-wool by hand, or as some do, a fine grit paper on an old ROS.
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