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Forum topic by JUC posted 424 days ago 723 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JUC

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424 days ago

I just purchased some 2” sq [more or less] rosewood 24” long. It came covered in wax. I do not want to run this through my tools. What have you all done to remove the wax?
Thanks for your help!!
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right


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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 424 days ago

The wax will only improve the ease of planing
Wax is used as a lubricant
If your worried, a cabinet scraper will take it off

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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JUC

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#2 posted 424 days ago

Thanks Jamie, This is a thick wax not like a past wax. I think I will try to scrap it off.
Jeffery

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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papadan

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#3 posted 424 days ago

That wax was put on the wood to control the drying process, scraper is the right way to remove it. If the wax gets on you tools it will keep getting back on the wood and cause problems with finishing.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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JUC

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#4 posted 424 days ago

Thanks Papadan, that sounds about right. So if the wax is there to control the drying process, what moisture content should I be looking for before I start to use the wood?
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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Tony Strupulis

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#5 posted 422 days ago

That wood is green. As soon as you scrape the wax off it, it will begin drying very quickly. Be prepared for it to crack. When I get a piece that is dipped in wax, I scrape the wax off the face grain sides and let it dry slowly. If you expose the end grain, it will dry quickly.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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