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Forum topic by oscorner posted 01-22-2007 08:48 AM 7124 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2007 08:48 AM

While waxing the bed and fence of my 6” jointer a thought came to me. When I was a kid, my cousin had a large slide that we spent many a joyfull hour playing on. When the slide lost its slipperiness we would get some wax paper from his mother’s kitchen and wipe the slide with it. Afterward, we would acheive unbelievable breakneck speeds. I haven’t tried it yet, but I wondered if this wax paper trick would work on my jointer and tablesaw. Applying wax is time consuming(waiting for the film to appear before wiping down with a cloth) and if the wax paper works, then I can wax in one pass and get back to the business at hand. If anyone has tried this, please share your results with me. I will, as soon as I get the chance to do so.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 01-22-2007 02:13 PM

I use car wax

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 10:40 AM

Yes, Mark, both will work. But make sue that you avoid anything with silicon as it will contaminate the wood and likely cause a reaction when staining and finishing.

My favorite lubricant for a myriad of applications is SilverGlide. Mainly used to protect cast iron tops from rust. It can also provide lubrication for highly resinous wood while machining it on table saws, jointers, etc. Simply apply with a rag to a clean, grease-free surface.

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#3 posted 01-24-2007 05:23 PM

I used to use Minwax for almost any waxing job, from tool beds to furniture. It was fairly inexpensive and easy to get. My mentor has since turned me on to Renaissanse wax, and I pretty much don’t use anything else anymore, with few exceptions. It costs a little more, but a little bit goes a LONG way and the difference is immediately obvious. One exception is when I’m waxing my wife’s two chests of drawers, with walnut crotch veneering on the front of each. I like to use a darker wax because of the little crevices in the veneer. If I use a non-colored wax, I end up with little bits of white here and there after a few waxings. When I use the darkened Minwax, I don’t end up with that problem.

Come to think of it, though… I actually haven’t tried the Renaissance wax on those particular pieces of furniture, so I don’t know if it would leave the same residue as the regular Minwax.

But I’ll always use my Renaissance wax on my tool beds and the flats of my hand tools and any pieces I make anymore.

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 01-24-2007 10:02 PM

Obi, I read that you weren’t suppose to use car wax because most car waxes have silicon in them . Don, are you saying that you’ve used wax paper? If so, did it work well? I don’t know if wax paper has silicon…. Hmmm.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 01-24-2007 11:31 PM

I think wax paper is coated with parafin. I may be wrong though.

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 01:00 AM

Quote oscorner: Don, are you saying that you’ve used wax paper? If so, did it work well? I don’t know if wax paper has silicon…. Hmmm.

Yes, Mark, I have used wax paper. It does work. The wax paper I used didn’t have silicone.

However, let me direct you back to SilverGlide. I purchased one tin five years ago and still haven’t used more that 10% of the tin. This stuff works like magic and protects cast iron surfaces from rust as well. If you can’t find it in your area, you can import it from Australia, although it’s made in Germany, and it may be cheaper to obtain there.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 06:12 AM

Thanks, Don. I’ve been using the wax paper and have seen no rust on my hand plane. It seems to be working well.

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#8 posted 04-19-2007 06:16 AM

wax paper could be parrafin, or something similar that is a food grade wax – it worked on the playground slide near my grandmothers house, should work on the table top too.

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#9 posted 04-19-2007 06:26 AM

I just waxed my table saw with Butchers wax, I got the idea from a show Norm did on the care and feeding of the table saw. It made a big difference. Norm cleaned the saw first with penetrating oil to remove the rust, then detergent to remove the oil and then he waxed it with three coats of wax.

-- John

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#10 posted 04-19-2007 10:47 AM

While on the subject of waxing (I use Bruce’s Hardwood Floor Wax) what do you guys use to clean the rust off of your cast iron tops (band saw, table saw etc.)?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 04-19-2007 04:22 PM

I’m what you’d call an old schooler. I started off with Johnson’s Paste wax many moons ago.

I use it for tool tops, fences, tools, and wood. Sometimes its hard to find. I have had good luck finding it in grocery stores in the household goods section. In using it, put it on and wipe it off. If you let it dry you’ll play heck removing it.

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#12 posted 04-19-2007 09:50 PM

I use Butchers wax. I’ve had the same can for 10 years. I had to purchase a new can though the one I was using for the table saw had some cast iron sanding dust that I used ROS to sand the table. So when I used the rag and put it back in the can it contaminated it.

So it a can just for tools now

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 03:01 AM

I’m using Renaissance wax like Ethan.

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#14 posted 04-20-2007 03:44 AM

I’ve a can of Johnson’s paste wax, too. I just thought that wax paper would be a simpler solution, especially when you need to wax up the sole of your handplane and don’t want to have to wait for the wax to haze, then buff it off before continuing the job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 04-20-2007 05:27 AM

Lowes here in Colorado carries Johnson paste wax. I recently picked up a can for $4.98. The Lowes web site has it listed as an available item.

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