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Forum topic by jkay posted 07-13-2015 07:39 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2015 07:39 PM

I just bought my first jointer. I am new to woodworking and need some advice on caring for the jointer. It’s all cast iron on the table and fence. I assume after each use I need to wipe all the wood chips off but what do you guys do on yours do you wax the table? If so with what? And after each use do you spray it down with some sort of oil? I heard gun oil works, and if so do you wipe it off before using the jointer again?


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#1 posted 07-13-2015 07:46 PM

The Jointer is the last word.

I have rants on LJ telling about my passion, na, what should be every wood workers passion for their jointer.

There is aerosol spray you can buy to put on cast work surfaces. Dont buy any with silicon in it or it could leach into the wood. This will assist in the surface rust issue and making those table slicker than owl crap.
Its kinda like Astroglide for powertools (why cant they have fun too?)

I dont get into the over the top dusting of the machine. Remember, you have to let the jointer remember that it is a man. What better way than to keep a bit of dust and chips on it. Blow it off occasionally and absolutely before you apply the aerosol spray to the tables. I avoid turtle wax on the tables. I have heard good and bad about Minwax paste wax. Buy another set of knives and have them ready so you can send the dull ones off to be sharpened in the middle of a project and are not at a stand still.

What kind did you get?

And mostly: #LoveYourJointer

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 07:52 PM

Thanks for the info. I will buy a bottle of that and give it a shot.

I bought a Grizzly workbench jointer. Don’t really have a ton of money to spend on tools as I also needed a planer, drill press, and a lot of hand tools to do my project. However it has been very good so far for what I paid and what the size is. It took an hour or so to get it assembled and squared up. I have no complaints. It seems to be much beefier than the ones I looked at Lowes and Home Depot.

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 10:10 PM

Boeshield is the only product I use now.

Not a big fan of waxing.

Def don’t use any kind of petroleum oil products.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 12:03 AM

Boeshield is the only product I use now.

Not a big fan of waxing.

Def don t use any kind of petroleum oil products.

- rwe2156

Waxing sucks, but damn that spray wax gets pricey after a while. I used a lot since I wax my sleds, 2 table saws, and the jointer. And I have to wax often since my shop is a piece crap.

But uh, I thought any of the spray waxes were pretty much a third petroleum distillates? Is it a different kind of petroleum we need to avoid?

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#5 posted 07-14-2015 12:19 AM

I like the paste wax. Any hard surface that needs waxing gets it. Heck I even wax some of the soles on my hand planes. I just put it in a maintenance schedule. If the board doesn’t slide really easily, well then its time for a re-coat. Simple. Thats my 2ยข

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#6 posted 07-14-2015 12:20 AM

I use paste wax on all cast iron surfaces in my shop. I apply with a white or grey Scotch pad and don’t worry about buffing it off. Done this for years. Quick, inexpensive, no rust, and wood glides across the surfaces.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-14-2015 12:24 AM

Boeshield is the only product I use now.
Not a big fan of waxing.

Don’t look now, but you are waxing :)

Boeshield (T9) is paraffin wax dissolved in mineral spirits with a little mineral oil added for good measure. When the mineral spirits flash off, you are left with a thin wax/oil layer.


PS: Paste wax is paraffin wax also… along with some carnauba wax all dissolved in naptha.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#8 posted 07-14-2015 12:26 AM

I use johnsons paste wax on every tool that is capable of rusting. I keep a kids toothbrush and small piece of a rag in the can. Waxing my 8” jointer takes less than a minute.

I think about it this way. I’m not using paste wax on my hand tools and boeshield on my power tools. I’d rather use one thing.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 07-14-2015 02:03 AM

Thanks for all the info!

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#10 posted 07-14-2015 02:04 AM

WD – 40 sprayed on a rag and then sparingly applied. But just plain everyday use is the best way to keep rust off.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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