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    Putting wax on tools

    In a recent post on thickness planers one of the most stated solutions was to put wax on the planer table, but nobody said what kind of wax. I would appreciate more information, maybe brand name?

    Thanks, DKT

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    Good old furniture paste wax - Johnson's, for instance.

    You do not want to use automotive wax as most contain silicon which can transfer to your wood and make finishing a nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Good old furniture paste wax - Johnson's, for instance.

    You do not want to use automotive wax as most contain silicon which can transfer to your wood and make finishing a nightmare.
    Yep, Rennie nailed it!
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    Use the same thing on all my tops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Beaver View Post
    Use the same thing on all my tops.
    Even that short sleeved one with the stripes?
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    I use Johnson's Paste Wax.

    Lowes has it in with the cleaning products. Not sure where HD has it, if they carry it at all.

    I second what Rennie said about the automotive wax. Stay away from it!
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    Is the wax for extending the life of the tool or for easier work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Hungler View Post
    Is the wax for extending the life of the tool or for easier work?
    It keeps rust away and keeps things sliding smoothly. So yes to both, i suppose
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    Another Johnson's user here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Hungler View Post
    Is the wax for extending the life of the tool or for easier work?
    As Jason said, both. Waxing jointer tables and fence makes it much easier to use, so thats the main reason I do it. Also helps out the TS a lot, especially if its got one of those old kinda junky fences like mine does For me, its less about rust, since nothing hardly rusts out here unless you leave it out in the rain

    I've used Johnson's, Butcher's, and Briwax. Just whatever is around. Used turtle wax once, not having anything else. Didn't have the silicone problem, but it was a real pain to buff out, and the slick effect was hardly worth it compared to a nice solvent based wax (I think the car wax uses some kind of water emulsion instead of naptha or tolulene as they'd attack the finish, or maybe just for liability).

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