Aluminum top stains wood... - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Nickp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Nick
Posts: 3,563
 
Default Aluminum top stains wood...

I have a Craftsman professional router table (61181) and the aluminum surface stains thw wood. Tried sanding the surface ... no better. Can't cover it with wood cuz rulers will then be hidden...
Any ideas are appreciated...thanks in advance...Nick
Nickp is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 10:15 AM
Registered User
 
giradman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Dave
Posts: 185
 
Default

Hi Nick - I've a number of AL table tops and I am assuming that you are talking about 'black/grey' stains on the wood?

I have noticed this problem over the years - not major issue for me, but does occur and likely related to oxidation of the AL - take a look @ THIS FORUM THREAD which may help; and hopefully others will 'chime in' w/ a solution. Good luck!
giradman is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 10:17 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,046
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nickp View Post
I have a Craftsman professional router table (61181) and the aluminum surface stains thw wood. Tried sanding the surface ... no better. Can't cover it with wood cuz rulers will then be hidden...
Any ideas are appreciated...thanks in advance...Nick
Hi nick - Once the anodizing wears off the bare aluminum will leave marks. Sanding just aggravates the problem. I had that happen with a MLCS router plate once. In that case, I just painted it with Rustoleum appliance enamel. I used it that way for a year or so and retired the table. Another suggestion, I priced this option but didn't try it due to the wait time, would be to have the top powder coated. I also thought about just covering it with high pressure laminate but those tables are generally ridged and I doubt you would get enough glue surface for a reliable bond.
Maybe just salvage the legs and make or buy another top.
Good luck.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.

Last edited by jschaben; 12-07-2012 at 10:23 AM.
jschaben is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 10:18 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United States
First Name: richard
Posts: 117
 
Default

It may help to apply a wax to the top. I wax all of my metal surfaces.
richtink is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 02:35 PM
Registered User
 
curiousgeorge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Country: United States
First Name: George
Posts: 3,002
     
Send a message via Skype™ to curiousgeorge
Default

+1 on the wax. My band saw and table saw tables are both aluminum and I keep them well waxed. I have never had this problem of wood being stained. I might add that you should not use automobile wax on your woodworking surfaces. Instead use furniture wax (Johnson's or Minwax). The auto wax has chemicals in it that will react with the wood.

George
Fort Worth, Texas
City where the west begins.
curiousgeorge is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 05:49 PM
Registered User
 
DaninVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 14,075
 
Default

You might also consider spraying on a couple or three light coats of clear ACRYLIC specifically. Not lacquer.
Acrylic is rock hard and should give you a really good wear surface.
KRYLON is the brand that comes to mind, but I'm sure their are tons of other good Acrylics out there.
DaninVan is online now  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 08:43 PM
Marine Engineer
 
kp91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Country: United States
First Name: Doug
Posts: 4,537
 
Default

I agree you should wax it regularly

Doug
1 John 1:9
Fredericksburg, VA




http://disasterreliefeffort.org/
kp91 is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 09:56 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: United States
First Name: Earl
Posts: 1,535
 
Default

Wax. And when i go too long between waxing, it shows on my wood. Like now.
greenacres2 is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 07:11 PM
Forum Contributor
 
AxlMyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Country: United States
First Name: Mike
Posts: 3,165
   
Default

It's been said around here for many years, (not all agree) that aluminum makes a lousy table, for the reason you have found.
A laminate covering, or replacement are your best options.

.
Never, under any circumstances, combine a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Mike - Retired FoMoCo Tradesman
My Gallery @ http://www.routerforums.com/axlmyks-stuff/
AxlMyk is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Nickp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Nick
Posts: 3,563
 
Default

My apologies for not responding sooner...thank you Dave, John, Richard, George, Dan, Doug, Earl and Mike...I have some good wood wax (I think) that I have put on the top...Butcher's "Bowling Alley" wax and it seems to have done the trick.
Nickp is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Table top display cse. derek willis Show N' Tell 16 04-13-2014 07:31 AM
Wood Species dattashri Wood Species 7 07-26-2012 11:23 AM
Exterior wood Treatment dattashri The Finishing Touch 3 05-14-2012 12:37 PM
wood stains to give appearance of Elm TWheels The Finishing Touch 5 08-08-2008 03:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome