Waxing Oak and/or Birch

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Forum topic by Seeharlez posted 03-27-2010 01:27 AM 987 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2010 01:27 AM

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Hi all,
I have made a tool board in my shop out of some Birch plywood with Oak trim. I haven’t applied any stain or sealer or anything yet but I want to protect it. On the Poker table I made (see my projects) I actually waxed the oak with automotive car wax. I don’t remember why I thought that would be a good idea but five years later it seems to be holding up well, resisting spills etc.. and still looks nice. It does fill up the pores too.

I guess my question is can anyone think of why this might cause a problem in the future or does anyone have any experience doing something similar? Also, is there a similar but better suited product.

All I’m trying to do really is seal up the surfaces to resist moisture, dirt, grease etc… for easier cleaning and protection.


-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 02:08 AM

Wax for automotive use is good.

It usually has silicone additives that can cause problems with certain finishes like lacquers, so you want to be careful not to contaminate things. I would not wax a table saw or fence with automotive wax for that reason.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 04:45 PM

The silica additives to auto wax can cause contamination issues as Mike says and I would never use it on my tools.

Since you have applied no stain and it sounds like you do not intend to change the finish in the future, I would continue to us the automotive wax as necessary. No need to change what is working.

I use Johnson Paste Wax for my tools and projects

-- Marc

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 08:53 AM

Your automotive wax is okay. And you can re apply this wax on the future as long is you like it

Your wax is just like another wax finish, it won,t give any protection to your wood. If you want to make a better protection you need to apply a clear coating on your wood.

If you want to apply coating on it you need to wash off your wax.
You can wash off with mineral spirit or acetone



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