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what brand do you use for Paste Finishing Wax?

by steve6678
posted 620 days ago

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#1 posted 620 days ago

Johnson Paste Wax has been around forever. I can’t imagine why any wood shop would be without it. Not just for finishing but for all tool surfaces

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 620 days ago

Butcher’s or Johnson – whichever is handy.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#3 posted 620 days ago

For most woods I use Minwax Finishing Wax but for dark woods (especially walnut) I use Liberon Black Bison Paste Wax. The Black Bison Past Wax (it is indeed black) does a little better on dark woods as it does not leave any white residue plus it smells wonderful.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 620 days ago

I use Johnsons for cast iron, Minwax for large projects (furniture) and Renaissance for the smaller stuff (boxes). Maybe it’s just me, but I get fisheye when I use johnson’s on wood.


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#5 posted 620 days ago

+1 Johnson’s Paste Wax

-- Art

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#6 posted 620 days ago

Johnsons or Minwax usually. From brand to brand the
stuff inside is very similar. I buy cans here and there at
garage sales and never run out.


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#7 posted 620 days ago

Does anyone make wax besides Johnson’s ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Staples for turning. Minwax for normal projects. Johnson’s for cast iron.


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#9 posted 620 days ago

Johnson’s. Though I did buy some Minwax when I couldn’t find the Johnson’s. I don’t really see any difference in the quality.

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#10 posted 620 days ago

I use Butcher’s Wax on all of my shop equipment , only because it was an old can and wasn’t clean enough to use as a finish on wood. I bought a tub of BriWax , but haven’t used it much…seems to be a very hard wax , probably from its Carnuba content. What I have used the most on projects is Goddard’s Cabinet Makers Wax (not the polish)...excellent stuff , but hard to find in The States anymore.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 620 days ago

I’m another big fan of Goddard’s Cabinet Makers Wax. It’s the ease of use and the easy polish that makes it for me. Many other waxes are a real bear to polish out and remove wax streaks but not this one. As perfect as you can get.
I use Watco liquid Satin wax for large areas or for renewals and when I’m just feeling lazy.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 619 days ago

Where can Goddard’s be bought??

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#13 posted 619 days ago

What about Black Bison “clear” – subtle amber tint
the “nuetral” is clear, but I thought the clear/with amber, would provide a nice glow on Maple and Cherry

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#14 posted 619 days ago

I bought a couple of gallon containers of Briwax Original some years ago at a Woodworking show, it has been excellent.

Their site is here

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 619 days ago

Lundmark amber carnauba. Love that smell.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#16 posted 619 days ago

Johnson’s after buffing, leaves a slightly harder coat. Goddard’s buffs easier. BriWax is available in tinted for restoration work.

For tool handles and such, I use a bee’s wax that my neighbor makes. He adds about 1-2% carnuba to his blend. Goes on easy buffs nice, and has a great “feel” on chisel and gouge handles.

Not so good on shovel handles—harder the clean the crud off after a day of shovel work.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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