What is Paste Wax?
Issue: Issue 246
Posted Date: 4/6/2010
have often heard advice to use “paste wax” on my table saw and
other equipment as a lubricant. What exactly is “paste wax”
in this context? Is this some type of furniture product? Would
you please supply details about “paste wax” as a lubricant?
I would appreciate a specific brand name. - Joe
Marshall: Any hard furniture wax in a can will work as a lubricant
and general protective covering for bare metal on tool surfaces. I
happen to have a can of Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax in the shop
right now, but it wouldn’t have to be that brand. The purpose of
the wax is to reduce friction so workpieces slide more easily. I use
it on my band saw, table saw, jointer and planer tables. It also
prevents rusting on cast iron and steel from those inevitable sweat
drips or damp air. Just wipe the wax on, wait for it to dry to a haze
and wipe it off—like waxing a car. I’ve also had good luck with
other spray-on products like Bostik® TopCote and Boeshield T-9®.
Johnstone: As Chris said, brand is not really important for this
application. I’ve used Briwax®, Johnson’s® Paste Wax, Liberon and
others. What I would add to this is that there are some paste waxes
with colored pigment suspended in the mixture. I wouldn’t use
those on your equipment, simply to avoid getting a color transferred
unintentionally on to your wood.