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Forum topic by Maynard posted 05-11-2009 06:39 AM 3504 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2009 06:39 AM

Does anyone else out there use Johnsons Paste Wax or some other type of wax on their Table saw bed or the Bed of their Planer to keep it from rusting and make the lumber go thru much easier?

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 06:40 AM

The best stuff and only stuff I ever use!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 06:42 AM

Works great and keeps the rust away.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 06:45 AM

Really good stuff. I use it frequently. Works on all sorts of stuff in the shop

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 07:02 AM

Found the idead on “New Yankee Workshop” site then couple of months later Norm was cleaning up a couple of old saws and used it in that episode.

All I use on my band saw and drill press cast iron tables.(table saw is alum.)


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 07:16 AM

Put it on screws and they will drive in much easier. Use on wood bits and they will shed chips more easyly.
Although when I didn’t have any on hand, like at someones house with an install job, used a bar of soap. Just spit on it and rub the screw so as to coat the threads. Great on old homes with heart pine walls.

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#6 posted 05-11-2009 07:18 AM

I use floor wax on my equipment it works great

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-11-2009 07:26 AM

It is the best release agent you can fiind when using epoxy to make a mold or pattern, or bedding a rifle stock.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-11-2009 11:41 AM

Used it in the Army when we had to do the barracks floors. Lit it on fire threw the lid on poured it on the floor and buffed.

I have used it ever since. Restored my Grandmother’s Table then applied the wax.

Use it to keep away rust as all above.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#9 posted 05-11-2009 12:30 PM

My experience is that wax on machinery will get on the wood and increase likelyhood of finishing problems. WD40 won’t do this.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 05-11-2009 02:01 PM

I’ve used Johnsons P.W. for several years with great results. Only finnishing problems I’ve had were self induced

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#11 posted 05-11-2009 02:02 PM

I use it on all of mine.

-- Hope Never fails

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#12 posted 05-11-2009 02:06 PM

I used it sparily. Small swirled application, allow to haze and buff it off. It keeps a smooth surface for the function of the table and helps the wood glide over it.

-- kein Schaden ohne Nutzen

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#13 posted 05-11-2009 02:19 PM

I sprayed mine with polyurethane, then waxed it. Never had rust again.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 05-11-2009 02:22 PM

I use it on all of my equipment tables ,sliding surfaces of table rails, the faces of my rip fence, etc. On metal, it helps keep rust away; on fences etc. it helps to reduce friction. I even use it on the soles of my hand planes to keep rust at bay. GOOD STUFF!!

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#15 posted 05-11-2009 05:22 PM

I use it but not on my machines for the same reason Miles sites, don’t want to take a chance it gets on the wood before the finish is applied.

I use Top Cote on all my cast iron tables. Got a big can of it free with a machine purchase one time and I’m sold on it. Still have that same can, years now, one can lasts a long time.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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