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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 09-24-2010 02:27 AM 1840 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2010 02:27 AM

I was wondering how many folks wax various tools. Do you wax your CMS Your Planer(confused if the feed table is rustable metal on these.) Im sure most wax the bandsaw, since mine rusts like the devil…

But one thing I have noticed, is that my planer wears the wax I put on, right off after 2 boards… my guess is the sheer pressure. And I am confused if I am supposed to wax my Mitre saw, or if it wont rust, unless covered with water…

I am pretty much OCD about no rust.. I hate seeing my tools rusty.. So I want to know if I am supposed to do these… I can almost guarantee that my Mitre saw isnt cast iron.. since its featherweight… but I am not sure if its steel, stainless(I know the dewalt was, but my ridgid didnt list if its stainless, AU, or Steel) or AU. And I am not sure about the planer, but I am sure its not cast, since most is painted, and the table seems to be a thin sheet of sheetmetal.. which I am sure Cast doesnt come in…


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#1 posted 09-24-2010 02:48 AM

Every miter saw I’ve seen has an aluminum table, I can’t imagine one ever being made of cast iron!

I used a lot of different stuff over the years, but I’ve finally settled on TopSaver and Johnson’s paste wax. The secret to JPW is to put it on and keep rubbing until you’ve buffed it out to a thin film. If you let it set up, it’s a royal pain to buff back off, although I guess a car buffer would make it a lot easier.

-- The Wood Nerd --

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 02:55 AM

Wax on, whax off…

I wax the top of my woodworking bench, I oil my tool.

I think you mean aluminum when you type AU, but if you have an AU miter saw I’d like to give you about 8 bucks for it. J/K, Au is the chemical symbol for gold- Al is the chemical symbol for aluminum.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 03:00 AM

I wax the table tops of the table saw, jointer, bandsaw, and scroll saw, and I also wax the table of my planer. My miter saw is aluminum so I dont do anything with that.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 05:59 AM

I wax the tablesaw, I guess because it is the most used tool, and as Nerd says, pastewax works wonders when buffed out to a thin film.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 09:34 AM


If you’ve got a miter saw made of AU you’d better lock it up in the vault…

It’s probably made of AL which is much lighter weight…


Edit: Oh, I see AtomJack beat me to the punch! (Of course he did, look at his user name…) I was so intent on making my joke I didn’t even read his response…

Be Careful!


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#6 posted 09-24-2010 12:54 PM

I wax the jointer, planer, and occasionally the granite top on the TS as well as the fence and rails.

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 01:22 PM

If it has a surface that wood touches, I wax it!

Heck… I even wax the bases of my portable circular saws, jig saws and routers! You’ll be amazed at how much smoother these tools will operate after a coat of wax!

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 02:51 PM

What Uncle_Salty said.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-24-2010 02:58 PM

Follow Uncle Salty’s advice. I exclusively us Johnson’s paste wax, original formula (yellow can with red stripe). Don’t use any automotive type wax. Be sure to buff the surfaces.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 03:40 PM

I was the band saw, the jointer, the planer, the table saw and fence, the miter saw table and fence (and yes my TS and MS are aluminum), etc…

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 03:44 PM

AtomJack: I think he meant that his miter saw is from Australia … in which case … I would simply put the wax … um … er …. down under ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 09-24-2010 04:50 PM


Quite a strech there :)


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#13 posted 09-24-2010 07:49 PM

My combo planer/jointer has an aluminum table. I wax both surfaces in which wood slides across. It reduces friction and marking on the metal surface. I also wax my table saw and scrollsaw tables. I rub some on my plane soles as well. Anything in which metal and wood perform a sliding motion against each other I keep lubricated. Not just for rust protection, but to reduce the amount of effort to run the blade against the wood.


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#14 posted 09-24-2010 08:30 PM

If I dont have the money for every other tool in the shop, I certainly didnt get a MS made of gold… although it would be nice.. but prone to damage.. I meant Al…

I usually let it dry, then buff off the extra… unless its the planer, since its not used as frequently. In that case it ususally gets a healthy coat, that I leave on… no buffing…

Hopefully some day I will make the environment more climate controlled. Still waiting to hear back from the divorce lawyers if and when the house will be listed…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#15 posted 09-25-2010 01:05 AM

I use johnson’s paste wax on my table saw and jointer bed. I also wax my Lie-Nielsen planes

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