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Forum topic by ChrisCarr posted 1273 days ago 6162 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChrisCarr

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1273 days ago

I want Wood to slide better on my table saw. Would automotive (turtle wax brand) be find to put on my table saw? Will the wax gum up my stock?

Also is 3 in 1 oil the best to lubricate my miter slots with?

What do you all do?


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NBeener

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#1 posted 1273 days ago

Johnson’s paste wax.

That’s the answer to all your questions.

Don’t use automotive wax. Most of it contains silicones … which … will negatively affect the application of finishes to the wood.

-- -- Neil

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bigfish_95008

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#2 posted 1273 days ago

See above, just wax and only wax. No oil.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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WoodPiddler

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#3 posted 1273 days ago

I use Renaissance Wax exclusively on my cast iron table tops. It is a bit pricey, but it will solve both your problems of creating an excellent sliding surface, and it will keep it from rusting. I tried several of the other products on the market, including Johnson’s paste wax, but this is the BEST period.

Put on three initial coats to create a base, and then you need to only use a light coat when you do your equipment maintenance. The can should last a LONG time, so in the long haul it is not expensive.

By the way, you can get this at the Woodcraft store.

-- - - Ray, Texas

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ajosephg

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#4 posted 1273 days ago

Oiling your miter slot will just make a mess. I’ve never felt the need to put any lube on the miter slot, but paste wax (only types as mentioned above) wouldn’t hurt.

-- Joe

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 1273 days ago

+4 for all the above post…...Hello Joe, what’s you know? ::)))

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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whit

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#6 posted 1273 days ago

I’m with Ray. Big fan of the Renaissance wax but it’s the only thing I’ve ever used. I use it on the tables, the ways on my lathes and the in- and out-feed tables on the planer. I’m using it ALL OVER the Shopsmith the I’m cleaning up now. I’d heard the Johnson’s paste wax was really good and may try that, too. I understand you need to get the original formula (yellow can with a red band) rather than the newer stuff that has some ingredients that make it less slick.

Just as an aside, oil and sawdust make a really nasty mess.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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ajosephg

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#7 posted 1273 days ago

Hey Rick
Not much, mainly lurking around.

Also trying to give some moral support to wife as she has several more weeks of radiation for breast cancer. Caught it early so outcome looks excellent.

-- Joe

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John Ormsby

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#8 posted 1273 days ago

I use talcum powder on all of my machine surfaces. Just sprinkle on some powder and spread it around with an eraser. The tops become very smooth. Just put on some more when needed. It won’t affect the wood or finishes.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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wb8nbs

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#9 posted 1273 days ago

I use Butchers Bowling Alley Wax on everything iron in my garage shop. It has done a good job keeping spring and fall condensation from rusting my tools and makes the table surface really slick. If you want a really smooth table saw surface, first block sand the cast iron with 320 grit wet or dry sandpaper wet with WD40. That will soften any machining ridges and leaves tiny scratches to hold the wax,

When applying wax, put down a thin coat, wipe it off and rub down hard within a few minutes. Thick wax will be gummy and be worse than none at all. Rub down with paper shop towels, but for the last coat rub with an old T shirt.

As previous poster said, don’t use any wax that contains silicones, it will screw up the finish on your projects.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 1273 days ago

Another vote for Johnson’s paste was here.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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