|The pedestal doors are open and the pedestals emptied
|The table is filled and a lot of sorting is needed.
|The bottom shelf is not fastened down just for this purpose of cleaning. It is removed for sweeping.
|Meanwhile the tubular ways require a lot of cleaning. This is thick, tarry oil that is not supposed to harden but has. It is mostly the mineral oil/vegetable oil mix that I use on spurtles and spatulas as well as other items. Over time it drips on the lathe and hardens.
|Elbow grease, 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper, and WD40 get the grunge taken off. I am not worried about discolouration, just that the tool rest and the tailstock move easily up and down the wave.
|Similarly, I cleaned up the ways on the big Craftsman. This is the time to ensure that rust is cleared up and prevented. I like Rust Check in the red can to prevent rust. It also ensures a smooth movement along the ways for the tool rest and tailstock.
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