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Forum topic by woodchuckerNJ posted 87 days ago 680 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodchuckerNJ

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87 days ago

Just curious what others are using.

I currently am back to candle wax..
but I have used:
  • mineral spirits
  • mineral oil

-- Jeff NJ


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lateralus819

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#1 posted 87 days ago

Candle wax as well. Makes it smell great too! :]

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sikrap

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#2 posted 87 days ago

I use canning wax (paraffin). Cheap, easy and effective

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Wally331

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#3 posted 87 days ago

I just use minwax paste-wax, works great for me, it seems to keep it lubricated for a decent amount of time. Works great on my wooden planes too, and I figure I’ll eventually build up a patina like on the old planes with it. I’d like to try mutton fat at some point though haha!

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bandit571

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#4 posted 87 days ago

I have a small “Tea Light” candle sitting on the bench. Just a few swipes along the soles will do for me.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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woodchuckerNJ

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#5 posted 87 days ago

Yea, my candle wax is a tea light.

-- Jeff NJ

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bigblockyeti

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#6 posted 87 days ago

I use topkote as I have a couple cases of it and it works great on other cast iron surfaces, probably switch to something cheaper when I run through my stash.

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knockknock

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#7 posted 87 days ago

When I am done with a plane I coat it with 3 in 1 oil. If that wears off while I am using a plane and it starts to drag. Then I use a cheap white candle.

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walden

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#8 posted 87 days ago

I mainly use mutton tallow. A small tin lasts for ever and I can go long stretches without reapplying. Lee Valley has it. I usually buy a few tins every other year. You can get it on ebay as well.

-- "When and if the day comes a lion is on my roof, I am hiring a realtor." ShaneA

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woodchuckerNJ

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#9 posted 87 days ago

Yea, mutton tallow’s an old time thing. I have never used it. Might give it a try next LV order. I think it’s available through other sources online too.

-- Jeff NJ

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BigMig

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#10 posted 87 days ago

I use Gulf Wax – parafin – about a 1 lb block from the hardware store will nearly last a lifetime and costs about $4.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#11 posted 87 days ago

bee wax

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#12 posted 87 days ago

I just use good ol’ JPW. It’s always in the shop and works just fine.

I’ve thought about doing Paul Sellers’ rag in a can lubed with 3-in-1 oil. Haven’t really needed to, yet, so sticking with paste wax for now. I know a couple of guys use Renaissance wax and really like it, too.

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theoldfart

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#13 posted 87 days ago

Gulf wax

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Fred Hargis

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#14 posted 87 days ago

Gulf wax here as well…....

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Pendragon1998

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#15 posted 85 days ago

Gulf wax.

-- "I am always doing what I can't do yet in order to learn how to do it." - Van Gogh, September, 1885

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