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Forum topic by badbob1 posted 10-14-2010 12:48 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2010 12:48 AM

I have a new 8 in joiner. My first project is to mill some pine 2×8s to laminate a top for a new bench. When face joining the 2×8s there was sometimes so much drag that it was hard to keep the wood moving. The bed was clean and pristine, treated with Boeshield. Does the resin in the pine cause this? Is there a better product then Boeshield for this application . Has anyone done a comparison between Boeshield, Topcoat, and Slipit ?

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 05:33 AM

I keep a container of baby powder handy. Stuff like the wood you’re describing seems to like to slip around on it.

I don’t have experience with the other products except Topcoat, which seems to work fine generally for hardwoods.

Let is know if the powder is an improvement for you.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 09:01 AM

I was brought up in woodworking (so to speak) using Johnson’s Paste Wax on all of my metal table surfaces, including the jointer. I still do that and it does cure my drag issues on the jointer.
Pine may be the most sap-loaded wood we use and could be contaminating your tables very quickly. I have had pine that literally has raw sap on the surface in some of the deeper grain. If that is the case, just about anything you do will help for a short while and the drag will start coming back. If you find yourself in this cycle, the wood cold really be the issue.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 10:49 AM

Butchers wax works pretty good too. Safe for metals, and wood. :)

hope it helps.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 10:54 AM

I make up my own wax and use that.
It is made with pure Turpentine so pine resin is no bother.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 12:26 PM

I regularly use Boeshield on my jointer. While I never joint pine, I have experienced the same effect with hardwoods after a pass or two over the blades and the two surfaces are so closely matched that they almost suction to each other. If that’s the kind of issue you’re having, Lee’s baby powder suggestion will help.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 01:43 PM

BadBob, I too use powder but it’s pure talc not baby powder. Baby powder has cornstarch in it and absorbs moisture while talc doesn’t.
I also use Johnsons Paste Wax and G-96 gunspray(made by Outers) it’s a lot cheaper than Boeshield and available at Bass ProShops.
How much of a bite are you taking off at one time? Try easing up and maybe only 1/32 with more passes.

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 01:46 PM

As mentioned, Johnson’s Paste Wax has always worked for me.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 09:02 PM

I’ve used both paste wax and boeshield. If you’re doing a lot of jointing, both do wear off and need reapplied. Pine also deposits some of that pitch on the beds that may need cleaned off. Try running your hand over the bed and see how it feels compared to how it was before you started. Goes without saying, turn the jointer off before you start running your hands all over it. : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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