Practical Paraffin | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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A) I often lubricate my joint beds and plane with a scribble of paraffin wax. Wood is much easier to push down than a waxed bed.

Regular paraffin preserving wax has dozens of uses in my shop. It’s inexpensive at a few dollars a pound, available at any grocery store, and easy to cut into small pieces.

B) The glue does not adhere to the paraffin. I rub the wax on the clamping blocks to prevent them from sticking.

Unlike candle wax, which often contains beeswax, or some spray lubricants, which may contain silicone, paraffin will not contaminate oil and paint finishes because it is a completely petroleum-based product.

C) My plane is much easier to push even when it’s waxed. I rub the paraffin on the sole about every 10 passes.

However, most of the wax residues are smoothed out.

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