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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 06-30-2010 01:03 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Raftermonkey

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06-30-2010 01:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pink ivory natural edge live edge wax wax removal

Hey LJs, I have recently pruchased a beautiful piece of Pink Ivory with a nice natural edge. Does anyone have any tips or techniques they use to remove the heavy wax from a live edge?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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#1 posted 06-30-2010 01:25 PM

Two things are needed: solvent and elbow grease.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 03:48 PM

Are we talking about a bowl blank? If so it gets turned away just like the wood does during roughing & shaping except on the narrow part that remains on the rim.

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 04:20 PM

That is the part I want to remove it from (the rim). I figured it would be easier to remove while the blank is still whole.

Thanks

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 04:32 PM

Your probably correct that it might be easier to remove then; I would rough the blank to basic shape first then liberally apply CA to the expose bark (non-waxed) after that has cured I would then proceed to remove the wax. At least this way you have secured the fragile natural edge and you would have less chance of accidently breaking it off during wax removal.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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rance

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#5 posted 06-30-2010 04:37 PM

I need to do the same thing.

Upside down on paper towels in an oven on low heat just above melting temp. of the wax. When finished, leave it in the oven to cool with the door closed overnight. I’ve never done this but this is how I’d do it.

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#6 posted 06-30-2010 05:03 PM

Be careful with the oven method – that’s the same technique I use for drying wood! I imagine it may split or something.. if it is already dry..? Haven’t tried it but the idea makes me nervous.

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#7 posted 06-30-2010 06:46 PM

Yea that sounds like it could potentially be disastrous, haha. The wood is already dry. With it being Pink Ivory ($$$$), I’d hate to screw it up before I even got to peek inside it. I’ll jack it up enough with my tools, haha.

Thanks,

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#8 posted 07-01-2010 02:58 PM

Googling tells me that wax melts at around 140 deg. I’d start with the oven at 145. Yeah, you’d still need to be careful with the oven.

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#9 posted 07-01-2010 03:27 PM

if you got the piece from rockler or wood craft it is probably not fully dry so be careful you don’t want to ruin that nice piece of wood. i use a small wire brush and elbow grease to get rid of wax.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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