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Forum topic by Catamount posted 09-11-2015 07:40 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2015 07:40 PM

Hi All

I have now nearly completed my new workbench. The top now has 3 coats of Waterlox applied and now for the question.

Should I wax the top to prevent glue from sticking or should I leave it along for “tooth” when working with wood?

What do you all think?


-- VERMONT The land of the colorful fall - Just before the cold and the ice and the snow and the below zero temps

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 07:45 PM

What are you using the workbench for? If you are using hand planes on the surface I would leave it with tooth, if you are using it as an assembly/finish table I would wax it so glue/finish doesn’t stick. If you are using it for both like I do you can go either way. I don’t finish my tops but I don’t care to much what the top looks like either. Mine have dried glue and chisel marks and the occasional errant drill hole all over them.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 07:57 PM

I would not wax a workbench top. Finishing table, yes. Workbench, no.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 09-11-2015 10:08 PM

If you ever plan on refinishing it, don’t wax the surface… nothing will ever stick to it after.

On my crappy bench I only use wax as a top finish so I can glue things on it and just scrape the blobs off after.

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 12:33 AM

When I got my bench, it was unfinished from the factory. I gave it a HEAVY coat of BLO. I have had it for about five or six years now and have re-coated it once. I use my bench for everything including glue ups and finishing. For times I missed some glue drippings, I found they slide right off with a scraper. I definitely will not wax it ever. I like the surface to have some “grip” to it.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 01:54 AM

Thanks guy’s

I guess I will leave as is. If I wax it I can never go back so that seems like the best option,


-- VERMONT The land of the colorful fall - Just before the cold and the ice and the snow and the below zero temps

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