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05-12-2010 01:15 PM

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I may be behind the times on this one, but I have been building up my shop, skills, and knowledge. I struggled for a while trying to glue things up and not permanently attach them to my table. In making a cutting board and a few other items in need of serious gluing, I found that wax paper has become my newest friend. I can use wax paper wrapped board to help brace and spread the clamping load. When removing some of the paper will come off onto the piece, but a little sanding seems to fix that one quickly. A bit of wax paper and some blue tape to keep it in place seems to turn just about any piece of wood into a great glue clamp jig.

Is this news to anyone, or was that just one of those things that everyone knew?

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 01:17 PM

I use it from time to time, though another product are plastic shopping bags – glue doesn’t seem to stick to those either.

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 01:20 PM

I use wax paper and white “freezer” paper with a plastic coating on one side. Both work well.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 01:27 PM

I keep two boxes of it in the basement at all times. Funny thing is sometimes it is hard to find at the grocery store.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 05-12-2010 01:41 PM

and when you’re in need of speed, it works great on that big ol’ sliding board at the playground !

-- bill

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 01:45 PM

It is funny you should mention that buffalo. When I was a kid my dad put in a little play swing set with metal slide. The metal was galvanized and didn’t slide well at first. He spent some time buffing in a fancy Teflon spray of some sort. When he tried the slide in his nylon gym shorts he had a rude surprise. Got to the bottom quick though!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 01:50 PM

It’s too bad they’ve basically outlawed playgrounds we had as a kid, huge swings, tall slides etc.can’t let the kiddies get a scraped knee, get sued..

-- bill

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#7 posted 05-12-2010 02:14 PM

I wax the top of my “gluing – clamping – assembly” workbench with Johnson’s past wax, and then buff it with an old towel. Gule drips will not stick.

Sometimes I put waxed paper under a long heavy board to make it slide easier on the table saw surface.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 05-12-2010 09:54 PM

Bill -
Glad you added that last post—I was going to ask where in the world you lived that they still ALLOWED “big ol’ sliding boards”. Thought we were in a time warp.
Glad I was a kid when I was.
But -
back to the topic—yes—Wax paper is right up there with strips of inner tube and old cotton undershirts when it comes to things you dont think of using in the shop—but should.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 05-12-2010 11:46 PM

It is great stuff. Along with Johnson’ paste wax.

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

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 05:52 AM

Believe it or not, San Francisco (of all places!) has two big slides. One at Childrens’ Playground in Golden Gate Park, and one at Lake park in the Richmond District. They are enormous concrete slides. The one in GGP has two side-by-side slides with two big bumps and turns in each one, so you can race! They must be about 50 feet long. There is always a bunch of scrap cardboard lying at the base to sit on. Some kids drop sand down the slides to make them even faster. When my son was three, it used to terrify me!

Oh yeah…I use waxed paper all the time in my shop under glue-ups.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#11 posted 05-13-2010 06:30 AM

I keep a roll squeezed in the ways/bed of my lathe, and when I’m finishing a bowl on the lathe its easy to reach under the bed pull up the edge over the top, in the same direction and the lathe spins, andwitha magnet pin it down on the other side, once I’m done with the bowl, reach under and re-roll the wax paper In three years I haven’t used a complete roll yet, and it keeps STUFF from sticking to the lathe bed. It flies everywhere else including me and my beard but the lathe is safe.

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#12 posted 05-13-2010 06:54 AM

Yep, wax paper and freezer paper are great to have around. I’m looking forward to using paste wax when I get around to having a dedicated gluing station or torsion box table. But for now, the paper does the trick.

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#13 posted 05-13-2010 06:59 AM

Three boxes in the shop… It’s also great for mixing little batches of epoxy on

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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