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Forum topic by DonJ posted 09-19-2010 11:52 PM 1062 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2010 11:52 PM

I’ve built a box that has a top that is closed by pushing the top in dados on either side. It worked fine before finish (lacquer) was applied. I did make the dados a little wider in anticipation. Now, it is somewhat “sticky” when closing the lid and tends to catch. What is a good wax to apply? I don’t have any paste wax, so thought I might try soap, candle wax, or an auto rubbing compound. Another thought is Pledge. Before I apply anything to the lacquered surrace and dado, any do’s or don’ts, or recommendations? Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 12:00 AM

I would use paraffin wax, use it on drawers all the time.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 12:41 AM

Do you think beeswax would work?

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 01:12 AM

I have used beeswax in the past.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 02:22 AM

Cheapest, and pretty good stuff, is a toilet bowl ring. Lubes wood to wood slides very well.
I keep a few in the shop. One resides in a plastic box, and when I’m doing something that requires a few screws, I stick some in the ring. They don’t roll around and get lost and they’re lubed when I use them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 02:50 AM

Greg nailed it. Go to the store and get canning wax(parafine) cheap and lasts a long time not sticky or messy.

-- Life is good.

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