|Forum topic by thetinman||posted 04-21-2014 at 05:59 AM||975 views||2 times favorited||17 replies|
04-21-2014 at 05:59 AM
I bought a new Delta saw about a month ago and wrote a review. A new woodworker had just bought the same saw, his first tablesaw. After he had completed the assembly he asked me (in the review comments) if he should wax the painted side extension tables as well as the cast iron. I answered yes then but it got me thinking and looking around my shop at everything I waxed. I was actually rather surprised at how many things I had added over the years as part of my “maintenance day” activities. I’ve always used the Johnson’s paste floor wax. It is super hard and designed for abuse. I put it on as a light film, let it haze and then buff it out. I’ve never experienced a transfer to the wood to affect the finish. I know that some swear by paste car wax and others use wax designed for woodworking.
My general thought process is to wax anything where I want protection and slip not grip. And I pay particular attention to things I can’t oil because of sawdust. Here are some of the many things that I keep waxed as a matter of routine.
I wax the entire tablesaw – the table, the fence guides, the fence and the cabinet. In addition to protecting the cast iron and finish, the fence glides super easily making those fine adjustments easier without the friction. The powder paint used on the cabinet seems to be a sawdust magnet and dust sticks to even the vertical surfaces. The wax lets the dust just fall off rather than sticking.
I use this same thinking on the miter saw, scroll saw, drill press, etc.
In addition I wax things that slide and can’t be oiled like the slide rods on the miter saw, the quill on the drill press and the slide rods on the plunge router.
I clean and wax the base plates on all my hand-held power tools especially because I use them for things other than just woodworking. For example, as a Harry Homeowner, I used my circle saw to cut a portion of concrete sidewalk that had raised up. This scored/scratched the aluminum base plate. I filed and sanded it smooth at the end on the day but forgot to wax it. A few days later I used it in the shop and the aluminum plate left black streaks on the wood (like an aluminum shower rod). Wax prevents this. BTW I hate this saw. I was working in the driveway a couple of months ago and left my tools lying there. Wifey ran over the circle saw hence the less expensive replacement. But it works.
I wax hand tools such as chisels, squares and tool guides. Aside from protection I find that any glue I get on them using them for assembly, like squares, just pops right off. I wax my workbench for the same reason – glue and stains come right off.
I was wondering what thoughts others had about using wax in their maintenance routine.
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