For half the price you can get a can of Johnson's Wax that will last
10 years or more. I use it on the plastic laminate tablesaw extension
too. Usually I hand buff, sometimes use an electric auto buffer. No
rust at all, but having A/C in the shop helps.
Some automotive waxes contain silicone, which can cause finishing
problems if it gets on your wood. Whether or not enough will transfer
from the saw to the wood to cause problems may depend on how much is
applied and how well it's buffed off.
On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:14:17 -0500, J. Clarke wrote:
I usually cut my wood BEFORE I sand it - why would I worry about a
miniscule transfer of silicone to unsanded wood?
BTW, I like Trewax better than Johnsons - haven't tried Butchers.
After a couple of years of monthly use (approx.) I now wax once or twice
a year. In an unheated shop in a wet winter climate I never see rust.
Well, there was the time I set a piece of green wood on the tablesaw
Don't let experience get in the way of the facts...
BTW, my old shop was in the basement that got water in it when it
rained. Wax was horrible as a lubricant and lasted about no time before
rust reared it's ugly head. I stumbled over a spray lube from 3M that
worked almost exactly like Top Coat, and never once got any rust and
wood slid like there was ZERO friction, like it was on an air cushion.
They apparently no longer make the stuff so I bought some Top Coat. It
goes on the same and slides just as good as the 3M stuff. How well it
stops rust or lasts I don't know because I no longer have a water
problem and rust is almost a non-issue, and I've only used top coat a
few months, one coat still is working fine, little usage though.
I paid $9.99 for a spray can of Top Coat at a local wood machinery
dealer. After using wax and Top Coat, Top Coat wins hands down.
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