My tools probably rarely fall below the dew point. That proximity to the
stream probably also has a significant impact. All things considered,
including the window shaker I run in the no-car-garage non-stop from March to
November, my shop conditions are probably better for preventing rust than
I happened upon it by chance. My table saw was a floor model, and the store
owner's wife gave it a coat of Boeshield right before I bought it. I gave it a
coat of wax a week or so after I got it home. About a year later, I was
reading a thread on the Wreck about preventing rust and it hit me, I hadn't
recoated my table saw in a year. My guess is that the Boeshield protects the
steel, and the wax keeps the Boeshield from being rubbed off.
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My bet it that as long as you can keep the shellac slick, for ease of use,
it should work. Got a nice coat of overspray on a rarely used spare drill
press table top a couple of months back and just left it ... no ill effects
and no rust thus far.
One thought regarding the shellac, doesn't shellac melt at body
temperature? If one were to lean on a tool, for example, leaning on the
table saw with one hand while making adjustments or reaching down for to
retrieve a dropped arbor nut (I know, professionals never drop that
nut), is is possible that you could melt through the finish?
According to a Google search the melting point of waxed shellac is somewhere
between 77 C and 90 C (170 F - 194 F). The melting point for dewaxed shellac
Buffalo, NY - USA
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So, basically, it seems if you're warm enough to melt shellac, you're also warm
enough that it doesn't make a bit of difference to you.
"Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the
pleasant fact that there are only ten of them." H. L. Mencken
Does shellac melt like ice or like butter? I.e. does it soften significantly
at body temperature or is it quite hard until it gets near the melting point?
I don't know, but I'd guess that if it's soft at body temp, it could still
be a problem.
Ads for candies that "melt in your mouth" notwithstanding, digestion has
little to do with melting. The human digestive tract subjects food to a
sequence of acids and enzymes which break it down by chemical means.
Ya know - at the price of a can of TopSheildCoatUrBoats or whatever it's
called, you could'a moved to Denver.
So damned dry here, you cry everytime you blow your nose in the winter.
[The upside is the static shocks you can impart on an unsuspecting loved
one, will keep you entertained for hours.]
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