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    Newbie Here Need advice on Mill Maintenance

    Ok I have read SO much stuff on this I really dont know what to do so hopefully you folks can help me.
    I have a Harbor Freight Mill and I use a screwless vice on it. I can run my hand over the table and feel some burrs. I have this machine in an out building and it gets some light rust. I oil it but seems not to help.

    So first I hear that you can stone the table to get the burrs off... WHAT kind of stone do I need and grit?
    I also need to get the lite rust off but would like a non toxic solution for this and what are you folks putting on to prevent rust? I have considered gun oil, ok now school me...

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    Re: Newbie Here Need advice on Mill Maintenance

    For deburring the table, use a carborundum stone and oil, like you sharpen knives with. Something like this would work: https://www.nortonabrasives.com/en-u...rit-benchstone

    Stones like this are used with oil; "gun" oil would work fine, but if you're concerned about toxicity you could use pure USP mineral oil, like they sell in drugstores for constipation.
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    Re: Newbie Here Need advice on Mill Maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by awerby View Post
    For deburring the table, use a carborundum stone and oil, like you sharpen knives with. Something like this would work: https://www.nortonabrasives.com/en-u...rit-benchstone

    Stones like this are used with oil; "gun" oil would work fine, but if you're concerned about toxicity you could use pure USP mineral oil, like they sell in drugstores for constipation.
    So mineral oil will work

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    Re: Newbie Here Need advice on Mill Maintenance

    Mineral oil will help prevent rust from re-occurring once you've removed it, but it won't remove rust by itself. Here are some tips for doing that, some of them involving non-toxic household chemicals: https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Rust-and-Corrosion
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    Re: Newbie Here Need advice on Mill Maintenance

    Thanks!

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