I still haven't found the right lube for the lathe bed. Mineral oil
doesn't stay around long due to dust. I tried wd40 and the dust took
it away too. I'm going to try something with graphite in it next.
What do you use? Does it stay on or am I dreaming that such a lube
exists that will stay around a while?
I'm annoyed when sliding my tool rest, I always have to put my hand
down under and grab the washer to keep it from binding and then slide
the tool rest. The tail stock's not a problem since there's more
surface area it can trap some lube under it.
Try using wd-40 and a scotch brite pad to clean the top AND especially
the underside of the ways. scrub vigorously and wipe down with paper
towels. Do the same thing to the bottom of tool rest, and the washer.
When all is clean spray wd-40 on a clean paper towel and coat the ways
(tops and underside) and the tool rest and washer. If you are turning
green wood, you will need to do this frequently, maybe daily. If using
dry wood, maybe every 2 months or so. Do NOT use graphite, it is too
messy, and will smear your wood.
You might also post this questionon rec.crafts.woodturning
I have a bottle of paraffin dissolved in mineral spirits. I spray it
on and wipe down with paper towels every few months. It dries dry
and doesn't collect dust. Also use it on vice screw, bandsaw table,
saw table. It is good to spray on the heat pump fan shroud. Keeps
rain from freezing on it and obstructing the fan in winter.
On 12/23/2014 4:32 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Metal lathe uses Way Oil. It won't run off a vertical surface :-)
But for wood, it would look like a harry beast once a cutting / sanding
Wax is the way for wood. Auto wax is very hard, liquid and cheap.
I agree. But being half Scotch (and half water) I have been satisfied
with my concoction. It works for me, is cheap, and does not attract
sanding grit like oil, grease, or --heaven forfend--mutton grease.
.. everyone is too sheepish to suggest mutton tallow ..
.. seriously though - WD40 should only be used - reluctantly -
- when you're away from home, and don't have any rem-oil available.
I use way oil on my metal lathe, but would not use it on the wood lathe.
it will collect the dust and make a nice paste.
wax, or teflon for the wood lathe.. I use wax mostly.
I use teflon on my table saws's arbor ways.
I shave the paraffin into thin pieces and drop them in a plastic
bottle about half full of mineral spirits. Shake it every time you
walk by. Keep adding wax until it is about as thick as 3 in one oil.
You can use a spray bottle like 4 0 9 comes in. I use a pressurized
refillable aluminum spray can that I bought years ago. I don't think
they still make them.
If the surface is gunky, I spray it, scrub it with a green
scotch-brite pad, wipe it off and then mist it again.
Another thing I make is penetrating grease. I take a can of lighter
fluid, pour it in a glass jar and add grease and shake it, adding
grease until it is the thickness of motor oil, then pour it back in
the lighter fluid can. A few drops on the cracks of a hinge and it
penetrates. The lighter fluid evaporates, leaving a film of grease
inside. I actually concocted it to use on bicycle chains. Have used
this for the past 40 years.
The links should be the same product, btw.
I do use Dri-Film and it's excellent, especially for the lathe bed to
avoid gunking up and/or collecting dust. You spray it on, the carrier
evaporates and it looks and feels completely dry. But man is it slippery!
Others are suggesting ways of applying wax using old techniques that are
labor intensive and unnecessary. If you decide to go the wax route, go
with Boeshield T-9. They already did the work for you. You spray it
on, the carrier evaporates, and you buff out any excess.
FWIW, I switched from T-9 to Dri-Film on my lathe because the T-9 is
still a wax and it will collect some dust.
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