In spite of having waxed them when new, I got marks from sweat drops on some of my tool tables. Is there a way to remove them without harming the tables?
Andy Rae: I consider marks on my cast-iron tool tables well-earned woodworking rites of passage. Really old tool surfaces have wonderful dark patinas that only hard work — and sweat, and wet woods, and spilled glues and finishes, and stray coffee cups — can produce. Revel in them. But wax your tool surfaces regularly to keep ’em smooth.
Carol Reed: WD-40 with 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper will go a long way toward restoration, but sweat marks are character marks of someone who actually does something.