Finhishing wooden drawer guides

I am making a coffee table, and i'm using wooden rails for the drawers. It is an Oak table. Drawers are poplar with oak rails.
Question #1 - should I finish the drawers
Question #2 - If I do finish the drawers should I tape off the drawer slides and rails be for I spray. I think that the finish would not be good for moving parts. I was going to wax the slides and rails if I did not finish them.
Thanks for everyone advice
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Finishing is personal preference. I always wax my drawer slide parts regardless if I finish them or not.

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I use the same finish (generally one of either oil/varnish mixture, sprayed shellac, or wipe on varnish) on all parts that I do on the piece itself, including waxing the drawer runners. AAMOF, my wooden drawers seem to slide better with finish on them than they do raw wood on wood.
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On 26 Jan 2004 13:15:49 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@excite.com (Jeff Lord) wrote:

I have used a spit coat of shellac for drawer interiors, other times no finish at all. Do not finish the slides and no wax should be needed if you made the drawer properly.
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I like finished drawers personally.
As for the slides, my dad gave me a can of Alley Wax (bowling lanes) that I still use. I don't know what is in it, but it is the best stuff I have ever used. The can has lost all the exterior markings sitting in my shop over the years, but it still makes things slick.
Scott Young

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Thanks for everyones help.
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