For many years I used Topcote made by Empire. They sold to Bostick and
while not as good as the original I use that today. 16 years ago I tried
Boeshield on a new saw and the next morning had rust and I had not yet used
Fwiw the original Topcote was made to made the TS surface slick and it did
a very good job at that. I noticed that as an additional benefit that it
prevented rust. The current version is more focused on preventing rust
and IIRC not making the top slick.
I found that to make Boeshield work I had to put on enough that it had to
be wiped off before use, every day. Topcoat is specifically made for tool
surfaces and a good heavy coating can last for months before rust begins to
A good rule of thumb that I use is to put o 2-3 coats initially. Let it
glaze over between coats so that you can see your coverage. After that I
mostly rely on the feel of the wood sliding on the surface to signal the
need for another coat. I never get rust from humidity but salty sweat will
get you so I try to not touch the surface unless my hands are dry. If I am
leaning on the top, like when changing blades I make sure to dry where my
sweaty arms or hands touched.
Keep in mind that my TS is not a show piece so a perfect looking top is
not my goal so much as keeping rust to an absolute minimum. If I do get a
spot of rust I buff the spot with steel wool and spot treat with Topcote.
Nothing is fool proof but Topcote is my preferred preventative. It does
not affect wood finishes.
FWW did a comparison of something like 20 various products some years
ago. I don't recall who "won", but I do remember noting that Boeshield
didn't rate all that well; somewhere down in the middle of the pack.
Actually, none of them were all that great it seems I remember thinking
was the real conclusion one could draw. Makes living where it doesn't
rain all that much somewhat more palatable for other things (besides the
farming one, anyway)... :)
We finally managed to get another 0.45" today after almost all day
drizzling/sprinkling. Just west of town only 6 or 7 mi west fella'
reported at the coffee shop this morning they'd already had another inch
by 10AM...on top of the 2" or so from Saturday/Sunday. Just can't get a
break over here, though, it seems...
Ah, well, since had had nothing measurable since first week of February,
will accept any and manage to get by since there's not much choice
The guys w/ 9" and more aren't that much better off.
Saw a guy drive into the water and started to get out the passenger
door. He got out and started to swim to the side of the freeway.
News man helped him the last bit. His car by then just went under -
it was on the ground, the water just rose 3' while he was moving away!
Houston is rather flat and has trouble in ridding itself of water.
If rivers bring more than can easily flow to the ocean, it stacks up.
As a retired and 50 year old Geo my maps show Quaternary soil there.
That means the fifty miles or less from the coast can come and go
at the will of time. It isn't permanent soil yet. Mostly marsh and
waterways. Building used fill and piles to make inland islands and
created a stable city. Floods are just something that happen. Some
are 200 or 400 year flood. To me it is still water on my feet.
When living in the Austin area we had 2, 4, 6 and 8oo year floods in
one year. 17" in my backyard one night. This was in the early 80's.
If a low or a pair of lows (like now) get pulling water off the gulf
the water goes somewhere. The worst is when you have rivers that are
being rained upon along their entire length of several hundred miles.
That really dives water down to the coast. Dams might have been
dumping early to keep control. Most of our dams are full.
On 4/18/2016 10:01 PM, woodchucker wrote:
Actually he was on a street under pass leading to a freeway entrance
intersection. He jumped out of his floating car, after opening the
passenger door the car sank. The water did not rise that fast.
We have about 8-9 bayous, the name native Indians called rivers. This
would happen anywhere that receives 10-15 inches of rain in a 5-10 hour
period. In 2001 during TS Allson we received 35 inches in one weekend.
On Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:35:13 PM UTC-5, Martin Eastburn wrote:
They don't got no topsoil, anymore, hardly. It's mostly concrete.
Many southern cities have, similarly, paved over large areas, hence less an
d less water-absorbing green areas, contributing to surface run-off, floodi
ng, this way.
Our genius city engineers don't know how to properly concrete a coulee/drai
nage ditch, either. The fairly-recently-concreted coulee, next to my shop
, has the slope pointing down, by 1 foot over 200 yards length, as it goes
upstream.... which is suppose to drain the Ambassador Caffree Parkway (5 la
ne), but they screwed up the parkway leveling/slope, as well, so everything
, there, is under water (road closure), often, even with a moderate rain.
The above is not our only example of poor city-drainage engineering.
Not to mention the spending habits of those in power.
A handful of years ago the city fathers here built a civic center. It is
quite nice. It was also very expensive; I've heard figures ranging from 28
to 41 million. Now, the town was less tham 20,000 at the time so that works
out to be somewhere between $1,400 to $2,000+ per person. EVERY person.
Worse yet, they now have a budget "shortfall" so they levied a fire fee of
$150+ per year on all property owners (except for churches, of course).
Oh yeah...they built a new city hall too. The old one was too small to
accommodate the ever increasing size of local government.
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