I am being way over cautious. Only once in the last twenty years of
woodworking can I be sure that wax influenced the finish. As for the rags,
why take chances. Danish oil, grease, wax (any petroleum product or oil)
rags get removed from the shop before I leave.
I both sand and scrape the wood. I do wax some things like the miter gauge
bar, the fence face and probably most things that aren't cast iron. Talcum
leaves the cast iron very slick with repeated coats over the years and even
though my basement is moist, my cast iron tools never rust.
I'm silly careful with oily rags, especially anything that's got any BLO
in it at all. Nothing like a handy bucket of water to toss the rags
into! My shop is UNDER my house, so I have extra incentive to be
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