Crosscut Sled -- Finish for Durability?

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Forum topic by GeoffKatz posted 08-31-2015 09:37 PM 485 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2015 09:37 PM

Hi. Long-time forum lurker finally joining the community here. Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge to beginners like myself.

I’m nearing completion on a new crosscut sled for my table saw, and while I don’t care about its appearance all that much, I do want this one to last. I’m trying to determine if it’s a good idea to apply some finish products to improve the durability of heavily-used jigs like this. I do plan to put a coat of paste wax on it to improve its sliding power, but I’m curious if some other finish product might help its longevity as well.


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#1 posted 08-31-2015 09:45 PM

I have several coats of Dewaxed shellac (Zinnser Seal Coat) on mine. After the shellac was sanded to remove any nibs, I waxed it well. Slick as can be. Did the runners too.
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#2 posted 08-31-2015 10:55 PM

When I build shop jigs, fixtures, and cross cut sleds, I always put about 2 coats of tung oil on them.I don’t put any on the runners….just a little wax (I usually use parafin wax from a candle)...Most of mine are made of Birch plywood, and a protective coat of a finish is good for the wood, plus it makes them look a little nicer…..I also do the same thing to shop cabinets, benches, and anything of ply…..The choice of finish is up to you…50/50 mix of tung oil and mineral spirits…..

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 11:05 PM

Thanks to you both—exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

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