A Little Wax Was A Great Fix!

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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 09-25-2011 04:08 AM 1265 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2011 04:08 AM

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I recently started having problems locking the fence on my 8 month old Grizzly table saw. The problem was getting worse by the day and I was getting disappointed with my new purchase. I lifted the fence off, put a dab of paste wax on the cam and: I’m in love with my TS again! It is smoother than ever now. Thought I’d post this in case others are having similar problems.

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 05:18 AM

An interesting solution. I’ll have to store this one away ‘just in case’. Thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 05:29 AM

Wax does wonders. I wax everything in my shop…all table tops, router tops, fences.

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 06:22 AM

Funny how the wax would help the cam lock.
Like Greg, I wax the heck out of everything around here.
Just seems to smooth out the rough spots and keeps the rust at bay.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 02:27 PM

I keep a roll of old fashion “Wax Paper” in the shop for wax tune ups. It works great. Just tear off a piece and wipe down whatever is the problem. For those of you old enough to remember, mom always let me take wax paper to the park for the steel ” slipper slide” as we called it. Man could you go fast with that under your butt.

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 02:45 PM

Paste wax is definitely good stuff.
I also like to keep a box of parrafin (candle) wax around too. I’m pretty sure its the same stuff found on on wax paper, but comes in the form of a 3”x4” bar. Its great for lubing vise screws. I also coated my workbench, making it (nearly) impervious to glue and stain mishaps. Amazingly enough, the wax doesn’t make the top too slippery.

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#6 posted 09-25-2011 03:19 PM

Judging by the responses already I can see the wax stories coming on this thread. I to am a confirmed wax man. I try to keep many forms of wax in the shop as I do other chemicals for lubricating and polishing. I use a lot of candle wax for lubricating a lot of things from drawers to screws.
I sometimes do a lot of drilling at the drill press and will run the drill bit into an old candle to lubricate the bit to keep the bit from clogging up while drilling.
It will be interesting to see what others come up with for wax uses.

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

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#7 posted 09-25-2011 05:19 PM

Wax on, Wax off???

Sorry I had to throw the movie quote out there. :)

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#8 posted 09-25-2011 05:27 PM

Don’t forget the toilet sealer wax ring. Great for screws, and it is cheap.


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#9 posted 09-25-2011 09:39 PM

I wouldn’t have thought of using paste wax for that, Doc. I’m glad it worked. I’m using paste wax for the tops of my table and scroll saws. After I clean off the rust on my new (used) joiner/planer, I will put some of that on it. Thanks for the blog.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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