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My workbench lets everything stick to it. I use a chisel to clean it up from time to time. I want a better finish for my other workbench outfeed table. I put several coats of BLO on it a while back. It has dried but seems to me glue will stick if it drips on it. I decided to coat it with Beeswax to allow the glue not to stick.

This is what I did. I shaved some beeswax into a jar I added a little Walmart turpentine to cover. I let it sit for a couple days so the beeswax would melt. I then added a third of BLO to the mix. I tried to end up with 1/3 beeswax, 1/3 turpentine, and 1/3 BLO. I applied the mix to my workbench outfeed table. I let it sit for 30 minutes and then wiped it down. I think I have ended up with a nice finish very smooth and hopefully the beeswax will stop the glue from sticking.

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Most excellent idea/process..

if you add Carnauba wax to that mix they will finish harder and be longer wearing/lasting...

Carnauba wax, sometimes also referred to as palm wax or Brazil wax, is a kind of wax that is made from the extracts of palm leaves. These leaves are found on the plant ‘Copernicia prunifera’, a short plant that is usually found in Brazil, especially in the states of Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte and Piaui. Also known as the ‘Queen of waxes’, it is found in yellowish or brownish flakes.

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After I let it dry for a couple of days I will try polishing it. Maybe add some Johson & Johson wax to the mix. Thanks Stick.
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There's your Carnuba, in all likelihood.

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After I let it dry for a couple of days I will try polishing it. Maybe add some Johson & Johson wax to the mix. Thanks Stick.

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You could always do a test piece first. That is a sure-fire way to get an answer to any questions you might have.
I think we often forget about that principle.
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After I let it dry for a couple of days I will try polishing it. Maybe add some Johnson & Johnson wax to the mix. Thanks Stick.
use a wool bonnet on your ROS for better buffing or get the cheapest car buffer you can find and dedicate that for waxing everything you have...

You can add Briwax, Black Bison, Behlen, Trewax and Mohawk to the list of acceptable waxes...
and the container needs to say contains Carnauba wax

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I have an old Black & Decker orange with metal front drill which runs at 2000 rpms which I don't use. I have a bonnet for it. I think I will try it. I also use it for small metal brushes to get in tight spots which I cannot get to with my bench mounted wire brush. I have never used it with car polish so it has no silicone on it.

The plan is to polish the table the way it is after it dries for a while. Eventually as I add wax to my cast iron tops I will wax the table also. I want to try it first with the beeswax. I don't know how hard it will be but I am sure glue will not stick to it right now. It feels like wax paper but a little smoother.
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I use wax paper for small projects and plastic table cloths like you use when you go on a picnic. Man that made me think I haven't been on a picnic in a long time.

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Wax paper works well for me keeping the glue off the workbench. It is just a pain in the neck to use.
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I have an old Black & Decker orange with metal front drill which runs at 2000 rpms which I don't use. I have a bonnet for it. I think I will try it. I also use it for small metal brushes to get in tight spots which I cannot get to with my bench mounted wire brush. I have never used it with car polish so it has no silicone on it.

The plan is to polish the table the way it is after it dries for a while. Eventually as I add wax to my cast iron tops I will wax the table also. I want to try it first with the beeswax. I don't know how hard it will be but I am sure glue will not stick to it right now. It feels like wax paper but a little smoother.
too high of an RPM plasticizes the wax and turns it to jelly and you are also going to get clumps...

wallyworld has them for around 10~12 bucks...

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