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06-05-2014 03:08 AM

I list a number of great uses of WD-40 in the wood shop specifically in this ShopNotes blog post.

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 04:19 AM

I’m reminded of a locksmith I used to frequent…...he had a sign up at the front desk…

Lock cleaning 10 bucks…..
If you’ve sprayed it with WD40, 20 bucks.

To him. wd40 was anatheme for locks. just gummed em up real good.

It ain’t a panacea for every work-a-day woes…

Eric

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 04:21 AM

WD-40 makes a horrible lubricant, FYI.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 04:35 AM

It is not a lubricant, it is a water displacing agent (hence the “WD”) developed for the aero space industry. It does get gummy over time, and should never be used in any confined space with moving parts (ie locks, firearms, etc). Actually I’ve never found it very useful or found an application where something else didn’t work much better. One of the biggest farces and myths in the history of marketing in my opinion.

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#4 posted 06-05-2014 04:36 AM

Won’t replace vermouth in your martini. Other than that, it’s pretty handy stuff.

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#5 posted 06-05-2014 05:46 AM

I agree that WD40 seems to be mostly marketing hype. It’s good for drying stuff out but not so hot as a lubricant. I don’t think I even have a can of it anymore…there are better products than this one for lubricating.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 06-05-2014 06:03 AM

I’ve been using WD40 for over 30yrs. for various tasks. But I faithfully spray down my 47 yrs. old Craftsman TS with cast iron bed and left & right wings. After every use, I spray the table top with compressed air and I spray a light coat on a paper towel and wipe down the whole top and both wings. My top looks as good today as it did 47 yrs ago. My miter gauge slides beautifully and my fense moves as smooth as can be. I even spay a light coat on the blade.

There probably are better products out there but for what I use it for, WD40 works great.

That’s all I’m saying.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#7 posted 06-05-2014 11:35 AM

I think a couple of you guys missed the point ot the post – which was for uses in the shop. I love it for my jointer bed and fence especially – you won’t believe how much more easily wood slides through – ditto for the table saw too.

And I disagree that it’s not a great lubicant – it’s certainly better than oil, at least in the shop, because it doesn’t retain sawdust.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#8 posted 06-05-2014 12:23 PM

I didn’t mean to be a downer, it’s just that many folks don’t realize the downside and I’ve usually done just as well with alternatives like mineral spirits or silicone spray without the problems. An open surface like the bed of a jointer or TS top is an interesting use that wouldn’t have any negative effects, do you find it works better than an occasional coat of paste wax?

-- "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum" - James L. Petigru, 1860

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#9 posted 06-05-2014 12:29 PM

I don’t think it works as good as wax, and it’s certianly a heck of lot easier to apply.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#10 posted 06-05-2014 01:30 PM

I made the switch to organic a long time ago and never looked back.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#11 posted 06-05-2014 03:12 PM

I use it on my TS bed every 3 months or so. I like it. It makes a pretty good cleaner as well.

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#12 posted 06-05-2014 03:44 PM

If you want a spray lubricant, then get the Dupont Teflon spray. It dries and leaves a wax coating behind. If you want a lubricant that won’t get gummy from sawdust, use graphite powder. For cast iron, use wax.

WD-40 is not and never was a lubricant. As was said, it wasn’t even designed for it. They just added it to a list of things it “does” for marketing purposes.

I use it to clean motorcycle chains (before adding the Dupont Teflon for a lubricant) and to clean anything else that has heavy grease on it. After I get that off, then I use simple green to clean off the WD-40 residue. That’s about all it gets used for.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#13 posted 06-05-2014 04:22 PM

I don’t understand how you can say WD-40 isn’t a lubricant, when it plainly makes things slippery. It may not have been designed as a lubricant, but Viagra was originally meant as a cure for hypertension, and would you argue with it’s main use now? LOL.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#14 posted 06-05-2014 04:57 PM

Let me clarify, it makes a horrible lubricant like I stated in the first post. It leaves behind a residue, doesn’t provide very much lubrication, is easily removed/washed away, and still gathers sawdust. There are many, many products that were actually designed for lubrication that would all be far superior choices.

Basically, WD-40 may be passable in some cases for many different things, but it doesn’t really do any of them as good as anything else. You are far better off getting the right lubricants/cleaners/etc.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#15 posted 06-05-2014 06:01 PM

I use it to kill wasps that find their way into the shop.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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