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Blog entry by JoshO posted 08-29-2009 11:27 PM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got the opportunity to use the table saw for the first time after cleaning the surface rust off and waxing it. All I can say is wow!
I never realized that using it could have been so blissful. I may not replace my saw this fall after all. I know the philosophy about taking care of something, and it will take care of you. But in my defense, until LJ, I never would’ve guessed that waxing the table was a maintenance task.

My thanks goes out to all the LJ’ers out there that take the time to share the endless amount of knowledge and lessons learned to those of us still learning the hard way.

-- What do you mean it's square? How did that happen?



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#1 posted 08-29-2009 11:31 PM

Pretty slick isn’t it. It’s actually safer too , when you don’t have to put a lot of pressure on the wood your ripping.

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#2 posted 08-29-2009 11:37 PM

Several things came to mind when cutting before the pre-conditioning. Table friction certainly wasn’t one of them. Or at least, I thought it couldn’t make that big of a difference. I was wrong.

-- What do you mean it's square? How did that happen?

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#3 posted 08-30-2009 03:01 AM

What did you use to wax the table, if you don’t mind me asking? Looking around the web I see a lot of references to Butcher’s wax and paste wax, I just want to make sure those won’t leave any residue on the wood you cut, since they seem to be designed for finishing wood.

Amazon has a 1lb can of SC Johnson paste wax for $11.29 I’m looking at, if that’s what I should be using. I did buy some Boeshield for my jointer, but since my table saw is aluminum I’d prefer to save the Boeshield for the cast iron stuff.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#4 posted 08-30-2009 06:29 AM

I just used paraffin wax from walmart. I had to use some elbow grease to get it in, then buff it out. I did use a flat edge of some ply to ‘scrape’ the excess off. By scraping, I mean i let the weight of the board rest on the edge then I ran it over the surface twice. At this point, it doesn’t seem as if it had a negative effect on the wood itself.
I asked my wife to pick it up the next time she went to the grocery store, but she can’t remember how much it cost. I doubt that it was $11. It is also used for canning, so look in that department.

-- What do you mean it's square? How did that happen?

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#5 posted 08-30-2009 10:34 AM

Ahh ok, yeah paraffin is way cheaper (found 1lb blocks of it on Amazon for $2.19, that may not even be the cheapest). I’ll look into ordering some of that for sure.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#6 posted 08-30-2009 11:26 AM

I’ve tried lots of stuff, for price/performance/ease-of-use the best thing I’ve found is plain old Johnson's Paste Wax

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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#7 posted 08-30-2009 04:16 PM

I’ve been selling and using a product made by Bostick called TopCote. its not cheap but it does work great and goes a long way. I use a 5’ random orbit with 220 to clean my saw, then spray one coat on, buff with a rag, spay again, buff and its slick. I like it.

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