I just go t a new tablesaw. It has a cast ion top were my old one was
aluminum. Using paste wax on the old one made it extremely slick. The new
one doesn't seem to take to it as well. Actually, after waxing it seems
rather sticky. I don't know if it is just because of the cold and the wax is
not drying or what but I need to find something better. If it is due to the
cold, I don't want to have to wait until summer for the wax to dry. How does
Boeshield do under these conditions? It's not really that cold. It's about
55 degrees right now.
> It's not really that cold. It's about
> 55 degrees right now.
IMHO, that's far too cold for paste wax.
You need at least 65F to get it to flow properly.
If you use Boeshield, be interested in how it works out since I'm
thinking about using it.
Actually the rougher the table surface the less drag it provides. My
polished Jet cast iron is not nearly as smooth as my old Craftsman cast iron
as far as ease of sliding a board across it.
I tried Boshield and was not impressed. I went with several coats of
I use Boesheild for lubrication of metal to metal parts and corrosion
protection. It's great stuff for fogging or wiping tools down after
a day of use or a water sharpening session.
I prefer Bostik Top Coat, CRC's slightly cheaper version of Top Cote,
or Empire's pump spray Table Lube for tops. The Bostik product is my
favorite, simply because the CRC product smells worse than ass. <G>
Lee Valley and Highland Woodworking sell all of 'em if you can't get
Keep in mind that the TopCote still does not make the surface as slick as a
rough one however it is less messy, holds up better than Boeshield and is
very easy to apply. Put down a couple of heavy coats the first time and
wipe down between coats. Now that I have a good coat on the surface I don't
bother wiping the haze off any more. Also, Empire, the original maker of
TopCote has it own line of top products that are pretty darn good also.
IMHO on a par with TopCote.
I miss the rougher Craftsman surface for that "glide across the top"
performance. As a side note, the European companies, and in particular
MiniMax, use the rough surface on their upper end TS's and machines for the
reduced friction effect.
I had considered scraping the top for a smoother glide but I'm really not
that motivated. I have stripped the wax off which has helped. After using it
like this, the Topcoat will probably seem amazing.
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