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Forum topic by ellen35 posted 02-26-2009 02:57 AM 901 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2009 02:57 AM

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I bought a turning bowl blank to try my hand at a band saw box. It came with a covering of a waxy substance that the clerk at Woodcraft said was used to prevent checking and drying of the wood. It is now time to get that stuff off. I guess I could just scrape it off or sand it off (I think it would totally gum up any sandpaper pretty quickly). I was wondering if anyone had a better suggestion.
Thanks

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 03:21 AM

turn it

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 03:23 AM

sorry, if you use the lathe I just turn it and it comes off with the chisel.

or….........just cut your band saw box out…........wax gone!

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 08:14 PM

I use a card scraper and it gets most of the wax if not all.

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 08:18 PM

Thanks John. That is very helpful!

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 08:21 PM

Using a solvent would be good as well to get any residue off so it won’t affect your finish.

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#6 posted 02-27-2009 01:46 AM

I’m with Roman, I just mount it on the lathe and start turning. It come’s off clean.

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#7 posted 02-27-2009 02:56 AM

Same here. Just turn it off.

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#8 posted 02-27-2009 02:57 AM

That could still be wet wood under the wax. I made a bandsaw box out of East Indian rosewood from a Rockler store. I made the birdie box, you probably have seen it.The top warped after a while. I picked up a piece of figured maple at the same time. I have since scraped off the wax, except for the end grain. These were bowl blanks I intended to use for bandsaw boxes.

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