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Forum topic by windstain posted 01-18-2013 09:17 AM 710 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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windstain

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01-18-2013 09:17 AM

Has anyone used the woodworking lubricant sold by Lee Valley (McQueen’s Mutton Tallow) or the lube from woodcraft or from any other source? I would like to know if you have a preference.


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#1 posted 01-19-2013 04:40 AM

Is this the stuff for making it easier to drive in screws and such ? If so, I’d just try a bit of soap. Also, I think they coat some screws these days so that they drive more easily.

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 08:47 AM

Soap may be corrosive to screws over the long haul. Beeswax is a good alternative.

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 03:00 AM

Mutton tallow was touted as a great conditioner for rawhide braidwork so I tried it. Mine stunk like a wet sheep and got worse as it turned rancid! My whole tack room smelled like a wet sheep for months. Your milage may vary.

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 03:15 AM

I’ve used soap to lube up the threaded rod in the lamp I made and it worked great. A little tip from my Grandfather. After reading runswithscissors comment, I think I will just use beeswax from now on. Might be cheaper than the stuff they sell in the stores nowadays.

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 03:30 AM

Soap may be corrosive but if it’s OK for your skin it’s gotta be pretty mild, ie. hardly corrosive. Unless it’s an heirloom piece that has to last centuries, soap is a time honoured way to go. The screws will eventually go loose in their holes due to wood movement anyhow (probably about the same time the screws show slight signs of corrosion) . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 03:44 AM

Madts uses Smithfield. So slick it threw the tires off his bandsaw.

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 04:24 AM

Cutworm- I’m roflmao!

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 05:54 AM

You don’t want to add water, . Why encourage the screw to rust???? This is why soap works poorly. Soap is hydrophilic. Soap actually draws moisture to the screw, causing it to rust away prematurely, so a BAAAADDDDDD idea.

I use toilet ring wax, its cheap and effective. That being said I rarely find the need to lube screws.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 07:44 PM

With the amount of soap being minuscule, surely this is “much ado about nothing”. The piece will likely be bashed beyond recognition before the screw rusts out. And given that even cheap screws are coated, odds are that there will be essentially no corrosion. I have used cheap zinc plated hardware on fence fittings and after 15 years of rain (and we get lots) there are few signs of rust !

Having said the above, I like AlaskaGuy’s suggestion of toilet ring wax because, as he says, it’s cheap and effective and the minuscule risk is essentially reduced to zero.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 08:09 PM

The screws I buy have already a wax coating on them and are so designed not to need tallow or soap Or predrilling although I do anyway mostly it says self countersinking.look them up axminster power tools. uk Alistair

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