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01-20-2013 09:35 PM

What do you use to make your tools (planes, saws ) slide more easily when cutting wood that doesn’t affect your finish?

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 09:40 PM

buy a chunk of canning wax at the grocery store, maybe $2 for a seemingly lifetime supply. makes a big difference, especially on panel saws and big planes

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 09:40 PM

Paraffin. Its available at Wal-Mart or (almost) any grocery store. A box will probably set you back about $3, but it will last a very, very long time. I apply to the soles of my planes about every 15-20 minutes during use and I wipe saw plates down once in a while. On the saws, I find that if I wipe them down with camellia oil every now and then I don’t have many issues.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 09:41 PM

Windstain, I put some regular old Johnson’s paste wax on old saws. Other than that, I just keep things clean and never had an issue with them not working correctly. I have heard of some people putting wax on plane soles and saw blades. I tried it on a plane sole once and did not see any difference in performance.

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 09:55 PM

Yup canning wax. Simple old fasioned canning wax.

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 04:01 AM

Yup, canning wax, Makes a huge difference.

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 07:26 PM

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#7 posted 01-22-2013 08:03 PM

a short candle stub

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 03:32 AM

woodworkers all have their preferences – but do notice oils are not mentioned. Oils will stain and ruin a good piece of wood.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 03:35 AM

Paste wax. If I’m doing a lot of planing (or using my
bronze plane) I’ll try to find a tealight candle and
have that burning. Waving the plane sole over
the tealight deposits enough wax to speed the

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