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Forum topic by DIYaholic posted 02-28-2011 01:25 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2011 01:25 AM

Looking for input regarding what is recommended to “wax” the surfaces of woodworking machines. What do you use and why? What should be avoided at all costs? Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Just a newbie, setting up shop and wanting to start off right.
Thanks in advance for the help.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 01:50 AM

Just stay away from any type of wax with silicone in it and you’ll be OK. Johnson’s Paste Wax is probably the most often recommended wax for CI machines but there are others out there that work just as well.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 03:51 AM

Johnsons, its quick, easy , and cheap and will protect all your machine surfaces.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:38 AM

I use nothing but Johnson’s Past Wax. I use it for one reason and one reason only. It works.
An fellow lumberjock recommended it to me. I tried it. It eliminated the problems I was having using car wax and I haven’t used anything else since. I figure if it works, why take the chance on using anything else that might not.
As a side note.
I use a clean rag to get the wax out of the can each time. That way the wax in the can stays clean and I can also use it as a wood finish when and if I desire as well.


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#4 posted 02-28-2011 05:02 AM

Yep, Johnsons Paste Wax from the local grocery store. Inexpensive and works well. I use it on all my machine table surfaces, including my router table Formica laminate top.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 07:15 AM

One of the best carnuba waxes I use is called S100 Its a wax sold at Harley Davison Motor Cycle shops. Not cheap I think I paid about $14.00 It works great on metal and on wood. 100% Carnuba.

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 07:32 AM

Thanks everyone,
I really appreciate all the replies. I have had some of my machines a little while and was hesitant on using anything until I knew for sure.
Again, Thanks. I can now pretend to be the “Karate Kid” (Wax on, Wax Off).

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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