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    Bench Touch Up

    My bench, is really a work table, and it has a plywood top.

    I usually take the ROS to it about once a year just to remove the glue and other stuff that gets on it. I also refresh the wax coating I put on it, helps (for a while) to keep things sort of clean...........

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    Here it is before I did anything to it, well besides make it a really dirty mess

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    I started with a #80 pad, and then went to a #120, not much point in going beyond that, I think

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    next I slathered on a thick coating of wax, basically put it on until I had a film of wax built up on the surface. At first the freshly sanded plywood sucks up the wax, but after a while it kind of builds up, at that point, I take a green scrubby pad (Scotch Brite?) and stick it on the ROS, I then go at it with this, it heats the wax up a bit and really pushes it into the wood.

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    After letting it dry, overnight, I take a buffing pad on the ROS to the table top, this takes only a few minutes, and the top, while not "Shinny" is a lot smoother and cleaner than before.

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    I know this is not "Fine Woodworking" but you CAN renew a plywood bench or table top to a working condtion, a few times at least.

    Nice to have the bench all clean again!

    Cheers!
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    stu, want to come visit? my bench needs a tune-up too
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    stu, want to come visit? my bench needs a tune-up too
    Visit, yeah, I'd love to, bench tune ups, sorry, you are on you own!
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    Stu, you ruined it. Now it has no character.
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    Nah... I think the "after" one looks like a nicely worn leather jacket you've had, and used, for many years.... Good memories with it.


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    okay man........spring cleaning .......a freash coat of lacquer and dusted with the air gun.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    okay man........spring cleaning .......a freash coat of lacquer and dusted with the air gun.....
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    Heck that would take up 1/2 my shop Tod at only 13'5" x 24'5". Great looking bench.

    Say Stu great lookin plywood top too ain't nothin wrong with that. Well aged, must be something like your beer & cigars.
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    Geez, that is a keeper Tod!
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