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    Wax Questions

    I've never done this before, so bear with my questions on this.....

    I am planning on putting wax on the cast iron top of my TS and joiner. What kind of wax should I use? Also should I wax the fence on my TS? The fence is made of extruded aluminum.

    I have a MDF extesnion that I built on to the TS. Should that be waxed too? or just left alone?

    In applying the wax, I'm assuming that it would be a very fine coating. Would I buff the wax, once applied, like waxing a car?

    Has anyone with a waxed TS, run in to problems with the wax gumming up with dust?


    Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Johnson's Paste Wax. I wax top, fence and rails; MDF too. Wax on, wait till it just starts to cloud, then buff off.

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    Johnson's paste wax. I use it for almost everything except brushing my teeth.
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    Another vote for Johnson's applied per Glenn's post. I haven't had any problems with gumming.
    Stay away from automotive waxes, most contain silicones that are baaaaaaad in a wood shop.
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    I use the Mothers Billet Cleaner (Auto Zone or almost any car parts store) to get the top super clean. And then the Johnsons and then a coat of Renaissance Wax.
    The Renaissance Wax is pretty pricy but lasts a LONG time because you use so little. It is slicker than cat snot and super hard. It doesn't even allow finger prints.

    DT

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    Hey Sean,
    My philosophy on wax breaks down to two things:

    1. less is more
    2. do it once a week (or so)

    Best way to avoid build up is to not put a lot on. At least in my location (southwest desert) there is always dust build up. So the idea is to wax, use the tools, clean off the dust, and wax again.

    I have a list of Tuesday (garbage guy comes Wednesday) chores. On the list is brush off metal surfaces and apply wax.

    If you are interested, other things on the list are: triage the scrap pile, empty the dc, sweep the floor, and take out the shop trash.

    Don't sweat what brand you use. Johnsons is fine. Save the "good" paste wax for fine furniture.
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    i use "Top Coat" like matt uses t-9 and then wax after periodiclly.. just johnsons paste wax. no gumming in michigan.
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    Picked up some Johnson's Paste Wax at Lowe's. It was located with the cleaning products, if anyone can't find it there.

    Hopefully I will be able to put it on the TS and joiner Monday night.

    Thanks for all of your help!
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    Wax On.... Wax Off.....

    In the spirit of waxing everything, does anyone wax the base plate of their router? Also what about a planer? I have the Delta 13in 2 speed.... not sure how much "slip" one might want on a planer.

    So far I've done the TS, Joiner, and Band Saw.
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    sean, i wax everything that wood slides on or against.....look at wax as "wood lube"........oh-yeah, i never buff either....tod
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