What is the best way to remove this wax? I have skim cut the edges on the
table saw, now I need to get it off the top and bottom surfaces, and due to
the dimensions I don't want to try skim cutting those two surfaces. I have
removed some with a putty knife. It is a block of walnut that I will end up
staining. I am not going to be turning this, just leaving the block in it's
present shape. Will acetone work, or mineral spirits? Thanks.
Don't know what the shape is of the item you are trying to remove wax
from, but if it's wood, freeze the wax, then chip it off.
Almost anything else you try will allow the softened wax to penetrate
the wood fibers.
I assume this is too short and has too little thickness
to do a couple of light passes through a planer. In
that case do what Lew suggested, refreezing as
necessary, but use a card scraper, or cabinet scraper,
to do it.
The block measures 3 1/2" X 6" X 2". I don't have any scrapers, unless you
want to count the 12" metal scale I was using after I used the putty knife
on it. I do have some old Stanley planes that I've sharpened the blades on.
Might see if I can get down a little further with one of those so I can sand
it. But then I'm not an expert at using planes either.
"Dr. Deb" < email@example.com> wrote in message
You can use a plane blade as an ersatz scraper. Just take the blade
out, use it by itself and hold it at a tilted-forward angle like a
card scraper. Not as fast and effective as a regular card scraper
with a burr, but it'll do.
Recently I had a table I was trying to refinish. Every coat of stain or
varnish generated miniature bubbles. Even removing everything with paint
remover/mineral spirits/acetone/lacquer thinner/etc, and sanding was
Turns out the table had teeny dents in the wood that had been filled with
furniture polish/wax. One poster here suggested Xylene.
That was the preferred solvent for the wax on my table.
Might be worth a try.
Before finishing any wood, I usually take a cloth with lacquer thinner
on it to rub down every square inch of wood, just to make sure there
is nothing on the wood, including my greasy fingerprints.
Regular mineral spirits works well, too, but I like LT better.
Age is always advancing, and I'm pretty sure it's up to no good.
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