A new life for a Craftsman sander


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During the recent heat,humidity and generally miserable time of the year here in North Carolina, I was faced with the very nasty task of cleaning my table saw top(s). I am fairly anal about this job but I still hate the process cause it's so damn messy.
My standard method is
(a) WD-40 sprayed on and set for a few minutes (b) Scrub my ass off with a hold down pad and 3M pads (c) wipe off (d) goto step (a)
and repeat this process until the top looks nice and clean.
I have used my ROS on occasion and it is MUCH faster, but it slings that nasty black WD-40 all over me and the rest of the shop.
While in a "clean up" mode last weekend, I came across an older "jitter bug" Craftsman sander. It's noisy, shakes like crazy and is generally a real POS.
I got to wondering how it would work with the 3M pads and the WD-40.
Soooooo... I hosed down the table top with WD-40, cut a piece of 3M pad to fit the square base of the sander and had at it.
Because this sander moves "back and forth", there was NO slinging nasty WD-40 and it really works like a champ on the table saw.
Sooooo.. now you got somthing to use that sander for that your wife/mother/daughter/son bought you ten years ago and you were ashamed to throw it away...
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It would be much more efficient if you didn't combine shop cleaning with personal hygiene.
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That's got to hurt! JG
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Why are you cleaning your table saw top so often? A periodic reapplication of paste wax is all I've ever needed for decades! I live in hot, nasty, humid Alabama.

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I think "decades" is a very long time between cleaning.
I can get by with "about" four cleaning a year and more often during rainy weather.
My shop is neither heated or cooled, so maybe that's how you get by with cleaning your tops every decade or so ???
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